Collection ID: LMC 1204
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Summary

Abstract:
The Colfax mss., 1853-1884, consists of the papers of South Bend, Indiana, newspaperman, speaker of the House of Representatives, and vice-president of the United States Schuyler Colfax, 1823-1885.
Extent:
.2 linear feet (2 folders (38 items).)
Language:
Materials are in English .
Preferred citation:

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

Background

Biographical / Historical:

Schuyler Colfax, 1823-1885, South Bend, Indiana, was a newspaperman, speaker of the House of Representatives, and vice-president of the United States.

Scope and Content:

This collection includes letters to Colfax, 1855-1862, from Alfred Wheeler, who was in charge of Colfax's newspaper office, St. Joseph Valley register, South Bend, Indiana, in his absence. These letters relate to office business, i.e. printing, new subscribers, collections, employees, etc.; to Colfax's articles for the paper; to comments on Colfax in other papers; and to local, state and national politics, including comments on George Grundy Dunn, congressman from Bedford, Indiana, Colfax's political prospects, the reception in South Bend of the news of the nomination of Fremont for President in 1856, Lincoln's nomination in 1860, and the local attitude towards the slavery issue.

The collection also contains also a group of letters, 1855- 1868, from Colfax to Charles Grandison Powell, journalist of Westville, Indiana, relating especially to patronage in LaPorte County, Indiana.

Other letters from Schuyler Colfax are addressed to Samuel Bowles, James Barnet Fry, Isaac Israel Hayes, E.W. Jackson, Ott Palmer, and Edwin Denison Morgan. Some of the manuscripts are in an oversize folder.

Collection size: 38 items

Acquisition information:

Purchase: 1939 , 1948 , 1954 , 1955

Gift: 1942

Arrangement:

This collection is arranged following original order.

Access

RESTRICTIONS:

This collection is open for research.

TERMS OF ACCESS:

Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the curator.

PREFERRED CITATION:

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

CAMPUS:
Indiana University Bloomington
LOCATION OF THIS COLLECTION:
1200 East Seventh Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-5500, USA
CAMPUS:
Indiana University Bloomington
CONTACT:
(812) 855-2452
liblilly@indiana.edu