The Eli Lilly Archeaology Papers,1885-19772014/002

A Guide to his Papers at the Erminie Wheeler – Voegelin Archives


Finding aid created by: Finding aid prepared by Allison Siekman


Creator Eli Lilly
Title: The Eli Lilly Archaeology Papers
Dates: 1885-1977
Quantity: 5.5 linear feet
Abstract: The Eli Lilly Archaeology Papers, 1885-1997, consists of correspondences specifically relating to archaeology.
Language: Materials are in English
Repository: Indiana University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Biographical Note

Eli Lilly - The Beginnings of an Archaeologist:

Eli Lilly began his career in the family pharmaceutical company, succeeding his father as President in the year 1932. His interest in archaeology would not develop until he reached his forties and, even then, his dedication to Eli Lilly and Company would continue to absorb much of his time and attention. Still, Lilly managed to pursue his developing interest by becoming a collector of artifacts, specializing in "problematical forms" (artifacts of a mysterious, unresolved nature). He eventually transitioned from the role of interested collector to professional student. He was even driven to conclude his close friendship with W.A. McGuire, an official dealer of antiquities. As his interest progressed, Lilly became involved with an early group of archaeologists belonging to the Indiana Historical Society (IHS), a group which also included Glenn A. Black. The year 1931 marked a turning point for Lilly and his fellow IHS members when they embarked on a 3-day tour around Indiana's various archaeological sites, a trip that energized and re-confirmed Lilly's passion for prehistoric archaeology. Inspired, he began to concentrate his research and became particularly concerned with the concept of time, exploring ideas of chronology that would define his archaeological work for the rest of his life.

Eli Lilly - Professional Archaeologist:

Eli Lilly took these ideas and experiences and began to build towards two new works that would later represent his monumental contributions to the archaeology of Indiana—Prehistoric Antiquities of Indiana (1937) and the Bibliography on Indiana Archaeology (1932). As these works developed, Lilly began constructing his "plan of triangulation" for various sites around the state. This was meant to be a holistic approach to a single archaeological site, incorporating as many perspectives and methods as was relevant to solving the ancient puzzles, particularly when concerned with understanding the chronology of a given location. This approach resulted in the expansion of his involvement in the archaeological community, making him not only an active participant in research but the sponsor of other students and archaeologists as they explored their own works, recruiting them as a means of developing the larger picture of prehistoric cultures and chronologies. It was at this time that he began his collaboration with Edward Sapir in founding a fellowship for archaeological fieldwork. This was the beginning of a long period of time devoted to graciously funding and supporting other research interests and projects, demonstrating great tolerance and patience when needed. Around 1935 Lilly became involved with the Angel Mounds project, covering various costs that could not be obtained through local communities or the WPA project due to the impact of the Depression.

Eli Lilly and the GBL

The success of Eli Lilly's involvement with the Angel Mounds site might not have been possible if it had not been for his very close relationship with Glenn A. Black with whom he maintained a personal bond frequently described as one between father and son. Black maintained the care and excavation of Angel Mounds through his IU field schools, frequently writing to Lilly with updates, requests, and questions. Following Black's death in 1964, Lilly requested the opening of a new lab in Black's name, a lab which would house the results of both of their careers. His efforts were successful and the Glenn Black Lab of Archaeology opened in 1971 (Madison 1988). The lab today houses approximately 7,500 artifacts belonging to the Lilly Collection. This particular collection consists of everything from stone tools to large pottery specimens to gorgets and axes.


Scope and Content Note

The Eli Lilly papers span 1894-1923 and are arranged into one series: Correspondence and then into two subseries: correspondence by last name and general correspondence, A-Z These papers consist of Eli Lilly's correspondence with men and women in the archeaology field, an area of great interest to him. Some correspondents include notable archaeologist, anthropologists, and other scholars in related fields. Letters to Glenn A. Black, whom Lilly funded to conduct archaeological digs are also included.


Arrangement

This collection consists of one series: Correspondence


Restrictions

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research. Advanced notification is required for access.

Usage Restrictions: Copyright interests for this collection have been transfered to the Trustees of Indiana University.


Related Material

This collection contains photographs and other items. These items are still within the collection and have not yet been separated.

Eli Lilly Papers, 1937-1961 at the Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis, Indiana


Subject Headings

Persons

Black, Glenn A (Glenn Albert), 1900-1964
Griffin, James B. (James Bennett), 1905-1997
Guernsey, E.Y.
Guthe, Carl E. (Carl Eugen), 1893-1974
Lilly, Eli, 1885-1977
Voegelin, C. F. (Charles Frederick), 1906-1986
Wheeler-Voegelin, Erminie, 1903-1988

Subjects

Angel Mounds State Historic Site (Ind.)
Archaeology--Indiana

Administrative Information

Provenance

This collection was receievd as part of the Angel Mounds Agreement, December 20, 1965.

Preferred Citation

[item], The Eli Lilly Archaeological Papers, Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin Archives, Indiana University, Bloomington.

Acquisition Information

Acession: 2014/002

Processing Information

Processed by Allison Siekman.

Completed in 2014


Table of Contents

Correspondence 1885-1977


Correspondence 1885-1977
Correspondence: Arranged by last name. 1885-1977
box 1: Addis-Black Addis, Albert L. 1930-1931
box 1: Addis-Black Angel, Eugene 1931
box 1: Addis-Black Black, Glenn A. 1930-1931
box 1: Addis-Black Black, Glenn A. 1932
box 1: Addis-Black Black, Glenn A. 1933-1934
box 1: Addis-Black Black, Glenn A. 1935
box 1: Addis-Black Black, Glenn A. 1936
box 1: Addis-Black Black, Glenn A. 1937-1939
box 1: Addis-Black Black, Glenn A. 1940-1941
box 2: Black-Fowke Black, Glenn A. 1942-1951
box 2: Black-Fowke Lilly eulogy for Glenn A. Black n.d.
box 2: Black-Fowke Blatchley W.S. 1931-1932
box 2: Black-Fowke Boudeman, Donald O. 1931-1938
box 2: Black-Fowke Brown, Charles E. 1933-1937
box 2: Black-Fowke Burmaster, E.R. 1931
box 2: Black-Fowke Campbell, Revis 1931-1975
box 2: Black-Fowke Carpenter, E.S. 1942-1949
box 2: Black-Fowke Coleman, Christopher B. 1931-1939
box 2: Black-Fowke Cooper-Cole, Fay 1936-1940
box 2: Black-Fowke Cooper-Cole, Fay 1941-1947
box 2: Black-Fowke Doll, T.D. 1931-1941
box 2: Black-Fowke Greenman, Emerson F. 1930-1951
box 2: Black-Fowke Fowke, Gerard 1931-1932
box 3: Griffin – Guernsey Griffin, James B. 1934-1938
box 3: Griffin – Guernsey Griffin, James B. 1939-1944
box 3: Griffin – Guernsey Griffin, James B. 1945-1947
box 3: Griffin – Guernsey Griffin, James B. 1948-1954
box 3: Griffin – Guernsey Guernsey, E.Y. 1929-1932
box 3: Griffin – Guernsey Guernsey, E.Y. 1933-1934
box 4: Guernsey – Guthe Guernsey, E.Y. 1935-1936
box 4: Guernsey – Guthe Guernsey, E.Y. 1937-1939
box 4: Guernsey – Guthe Guernsey, E.Y. 1940-1951
box 4: Guernsey – Guthe Guthe, Carl E. 1931-1934
box 4: Guernsey – Guthe Guthe, Carl E. 1935-1937
box 5: Guthe – Morse Guthe, Carl E. 1938-1944
box 5: Guthe – Morse Hall, B.H. 1931-1932
box 5: Guthe – Morse Hawkins, Hubert 1964
box 5: Guthe – Morse Hendricks, Thomas A. 1930-1944
box 5: Guthe – Morse Herron, Dorothy 1964
box 5: Guthe – Morse Heye, George G. 1931-1932
box 5: Guthe – Morse Historical Society, Indiana 1943
box 5: Guthe – Morse King, Fain White 1931-1941
box 5: Guthe – Morse Lemley, Larry 1935-1936
box 5: Guthe – Morse Logan, W.N. 1931
box 5: Guthe – Morse McCann, Catherine 1946-1950
box 5: Guthe – Morse McCann, Catherine 1947-1948
box 5: Guthe – Morse McGuire, W.A. 1930-1938
box 5: Guthe – Morse Messenger, John B. 1930-1932
box 5: Guthe – Morse Morse, E.A 1930
box 6: Neumann- Sapir Neumann, Georg 1936-1940
box 6: Neumann- Sapir Neumann, Georg 1941-1951
box 6: Neumann- Sapir Oberts, Otto 1931
box 6: Neumann- Sapir Payne, Edward W. 1931
box 6: Neumann- Sapir Peabody Museum 1930-1932
box 6: Neumann- Sapir Ritchie, William A. 1946-1949
box 6: Neumann- Sapir Robinson, Arthur R. 1931
box 6: Neumann- Sapir Rogers, A.G. 1931
box 6: Neumann- Sapir Sapir, Edward 1932-1935
box 7: Shetrone – Voegelin Shetrone, H.C. 1931-1942
box 7: Shetrone – Voegelin Speck, Frank G. 1946-1949
box 7: Shetrone – Voegelin Snook, Thomas 1931
box 7: Shetrone – Voegelin Teel, William R. 1931-1936
box 7: Shetrone – Voegelin Verne, Patty 1931-1940
box 7: Shetrone – Voegelin Voegelin, Carl and Erminie W. 1933-1934
box 7: Shetrone – Voegelin Voegelin, Carl and Erminie W. 1935
box 7: Shetrone – Voegelin Voegelin, Carl and Erminie W. 1936
box 7: Shetrone – Voegelin Voegelin, Carl and Erminie W. 1937
box 7: Shetrone – Voegelin Voegelin, Carl and Erminie W. 1938
box 7: Shetrone – Voegelin Voegelin, Carl and Erminie W. 1939
box 8: Voegelin – Wyatt Voegelin, Carl and Erminie W. 1940
box 8: Voegelin – Wyatt Voegelin, Carl and Erminie W. 1941-1943
box 8: Voegelin – Wyatt Voegelin, Carl and Erminie W. 1944-1946
box 8: Voegelin – Wyatt Voegelin, Carl and Erminie W. 1947-1948
box 8: Voegelin – Wyatt Voegelin, Carl and Erminie W. 1949-1963
box 8: Voegelin – Wyatt Washburn, H.A. 1931
box 8: Voegelin – Wyatt Weer, Paul 1936
box 8: Voegelin – Wyatt Webb, William S. 1935-1943
box 8: Voegelin – Wyatt Whittlesey, W.R. 1931
box 8: Voegelin – Wyatt Whelpley, Laura 1930
box 8: Voegelin – Wyatt Witthoft, John 1946-1949
box 8: Voegelin – Wyatt Woodward, Arthur 1931
box 8: Voegelin – Wyatt Wyatt, Ray O. 1931
General Correspondence: A-Z. 1885-1977
box 9: A-F A 1933-1942
box 9: A-F B 1931-1936
box 9: A-F B 1937-1943
box 9: A-F C 1931-1937
box 9: A-F C 1938-1939
box 9: A-F C 1940-1947
box 9: A-F D 1932-1946
box 9: A-F E 1932-1945
box 9: A-F F 1931-1945
box 10: G-P G 1932-1945
box 10: G-P H 1931-1938
box 10: G-P H 1939-1945
box 10: G-P I 1936
box 10: G-P J 1934-1945
box 10: G-P K 1931-1941
box 10: G-P L 1931-1945
box 10: G-P M 1931-1942
box 10: G-P Mc 1931-1942
box 10: G-P N 1933-1944
box 10: G-P O 1933-1940
box 10: G-P P 1931-1939
box 11: Q-X,Y,Z R 1931-1938
box 11: Q-X,Y,Z R 1939-1943
box 11: Q-X,Y,Z S 1931-1938
box 11: Q-X,Y,Z S 1939-1948
box 11: Q-X,Y,Z T 1932-1945
box 11: Q-X,Y,Z U 1931
box 11: Q-X,Y,Z V 1936-1940
box 11: Q-X,Y,Z W 1932-1936
box 11: Q-X,Y,Z W 1937-1938
box 11: Q-X,Y,Z W 1939-1942
box 11: Q-X,Y,Z X,Y,Z 1931-1934