Collection ID: LMC 1544
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Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848., Bray, William G. (William Gilmer), 1903-1979., Harrison, Benjamin, 1833-1901, Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845., Jennings, Jonathan, 1784-1834, Kellogg, Miner K. (Miner Kilbourne), 1814-1889., Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865., Monroe, James, 1758-1831., Morton, Oliver P. (Oliver Perry), 1823-1877, Owen, Robert, 1771-1858, Owen, Robert Dale, 1801-1877, Polk, James K. (James Knox), 1795-1849., Ray, James Brown, 1794-1848., Stephenson, David Curtis, 1891-1966., Van Buren, Martin, 1782-1862, Vigo, Francis, 1747-1836., Wylie, Theophilus Adam, 1810-1895, and Lilly, Josiah Kirby, 1893-1966, former owner.
The Indiana History mss., 1725-1973, consists of individual items related to the history of the state of Indiana, acquired separately either as a gift, purchase, transfer, or removal from a variety of sources.
108.9 Linear Feet (14 boxes, 57 volumes, 40 oversize)
Materials are in English.
Preferred citation:

[Item], Indiana History mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.


Biographical / Historical:

Indiana is a state that is part of the American Midwest. Sitting at the "crossroads of America," Indiana borders Lake Michigan to the north, Illinois to the west, Ohio to the east, and Kentucky to the south. Indiana was the 19th state to enter the union, being admitted on December 11, 1816. Indianapolis became the state capital in 1825. The state is known for its people, known as "Hoosiers,"; its industries, including agriculture, quarrying, and mining; and its transportation infrastructure.

The area that would later become the state of Indiana was first inhabited by members of the Miami Confederation, including the Miami and Potawatomi. In the late 17th and early 18th centuries, French traders established the first white settlements in the area. After the land was claimed for the United States during the American Revolution, it was added to the Northwest Territory by the Ordinance of 1787. The 18th century brought with it an influx of white immigrants and settlers to the area, leading to a series of conflicts with the native inhabitants. Battles continued until 1811, when the Battle of Tippecanoe was won by future-president William Henry Harrison. Further settlement of the area and statehood soon followed.

Scope and Content:

This collection covers the history of Indiana from 1725-1973. It consists of correspondence, diaries, minutes, financial records, memoirs, articles about specific areas of the state, and legal documents.

Note on Indexing Term - "North America--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775": Of particular interest is an alphabetical biographical list, "Revolutionary soldiers buried in Indiana", Dec. 12, 1915.

Note on Indexing Term - "Education": Of interest is a two volume diary dated 1855-1857 written by David Eckley Hunter, a teacher in Elletsville, Indiana. Also of interest are forty-two notes, papers and letters dated Dec. 6, 1921-May 21, 1922 to Doyne Trout Koonce in answer to a request from her for information relating to the normal school movement in Indiana for use in her master's thesis.

Note on Indexing Term - "Labor unions and socialism": Of interest: "Report on the Subject of Employment" by Josiah Kirby Lilly dated 1916. This bears a quotation by J.K. Lilly Sr., and J.K. Lilly, Jr. on the value of employees to a company.

Note on Indexing Term - "Law": Of particular interest: July 7, 1790: Warrant for the arrest of John Ellis. June 29, 1816: photostat of the Constitution of the state of Indiana. Jan. 11-Aug. 2, 1819: Papers relating to William Hunt's trial in Wayne County, Indiana. 1853-1856: Documents related to the legal career of Oliver Perry Morton in Wayne County, Indiana. Apr. 11-Aug. 29, 1864: Diary of Jabez Thomas Cox, lawyer and judge. May 1868: Complaint-Lambdin P. Milligan vs. James R. Slack and others in the Court of Common Pleas, Huntington County, Indiana. 1876-1885: Docket No. One for Westchester Township, Porter County, Indiana written by John Gondring, justice of the peace. 1912-1915: Reading notes concerning wills and legal provisions written by Benjamin Blumber, lawyer of Terre Haute, Indiana. undated: manuscripts decisions written by David Demaree Banta, dean of Indiana University Law School. undated: "Youthful Studies: Law Notes" written by lawyer Stephen C. Stevens.

Note on Indexing Term - "Medicine": Of particular interest are: 1860, Sept. 12-1897, May 27. Ledger listing charges for medical services of Edwin W. Magann, physician. 1861, Apr. 6-1896, Feb. 23. Daybook listing charges for medical service of Edwin W. Magann, physician. 1864, Mar. 18-1865, July 16. Letter-book of circulars, general orders and special orders to the medical section of the 9th Indiana cavalry. 1865, Apr. 17. Letter from Will H. Morgan to his mother. Morgan comments on his success as a medicine salesman.

Note on Indexing Term - "Religion": Some of those of a religious nature are described as follows: 1835, Sept. 30-1841, Aug. 14. Account book of Indiana Yearly Meeting of Friends. 1844, Sept.25-1851, Oct. 15 (copy). Minutes of the Indiana conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. 1917, Feb. 26. John Poucher, clergyman. A religious survey of Orleans, Indiana. n.d. J.B. Cunningham, Early churches and church work in Indiana. For digitized content, see Digital Collections.

Acquisition information:
Received from numerous sources at various times. Accession information is given for the majority of entries. The most recent addition was made in 1997.

Arranged chronologically. Undated items are arranged alphabetically at the end of the series.

Physical location:
Lilly - Stacks; Wells - Map Case; ALF (Auxiliary Library Facility) (Box 5, 6, 7)

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[Item], Indiana History mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

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