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Daniel Bearss collection

Identifier: L013

Scope and Contents

The collection consists principally of Bearss’ receipts, invoices, land documents, and account books relating to his business and land interests in Peru, Indiana. Also included are account books for his transactions with the Miami people (1838–1842), his Peru general store (1835–1845), and Peru sawmill (1851–1853).

The collection also contains a letterbook containing copies of his letters relating to his claims against the Indiana and other business matters, correspondence (business and family), receipts, invoices, and business accounts (V005). There is also an oversize folder with indentures ranging from 1836 to 1873 (OBC051).


  • 1830-1902


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

Daniel Bearss, born 1809, was a storekeeper, farmer, and businessman in Peru, Miami County Indiana (1834–1884). Bearss was a member of the Whig and Republican parties, elected to the Indiana House of Representatives (1841–1848) and Indiana Senate (1855–1857, 1861–1863, and 1875–1877). Bearss also owned extensive real estate in the Peru area, and was the director of the Indianapolis, Peru, and Chicago Railroad Company. Daniel Bearss died in 1884.


1.1 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box, 1 large oversize folder, 10 volumes)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Jack Robbins during October 1968.


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

OBC051: Daniel Bearss oversize collection

V005: Daniel Bearss volumes

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Brent Abercrombie during September 2010. EAD finding aid revised 2021/10/19 by Lauren Patton.
Daniel Bearss 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.