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William L. Barker collection

Identifier: L010

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the papers of William L. Barker, ranging from 1872 to 1949, including: correspondence; writings; speeches; papers relating to the Southwestern Indiana historical Society; county history research; Abraham Lincoln research which also includes the publication "Lincoln Lore"; and Barker's various research notes. Also included are papers relating to the Warrick County Centennial Celebration that includes newsletters and the Pageant of Warrick County. The bulk of the correspondence relates to the Centennial Celebration and matters concerning the Southwestern Indiana Historical Society. The 3 county history research folders include population statistics, Barker’s hand drawn maps, and research notes on various counties in Indiana including Pike County, Warrick County, Dubois County, and Spence County.

There are also oversize newspapers ranging from 1932 to 1933 (OBD061).


  • 1872-1949


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

William L. Barker, 1857-1937, of Boonville, Indiana, was a nationally recognized Lincoln historian and researcher. He spent his professional career writing and speaking on the life of Abraham Lincoln and his ties to Indiana. Barker served as president of the Warrick County Historical Society and Southwestern Indiana Historical Society along with being one of the organizers and first president of the Peoples Trust and Savings Bank. Barker was an active member of the Masonic Lodge and Boonville press club and was also a director of the Franklin Loan and Savings Association.


1 Cubic Feet (2 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box, 1 extra-large oversize folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from John Dailey Barker during 1968.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Lucinda Barnhart during 2004. Finding aid revised by Edythe Huffman on 2015/11/09. EAD finding aid revised 2024/05/14 by Brittany Kropf.
William L. Barker collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.