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Joseph Beeler collection

Identifier: L014

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of family letters of the Beeler family ranging from 1823 to 1850. The letters relate to family activities, description of Illinois legislature, and general correspondence. The collection also contains two letters from a World War I soldier. Also included in the collection are several volumes: diaries of George M. Beeler (Joseph's son), Joseph Beeler's account book (1836–1849), Fielding Beeler's account books (1847–1879), records of the Northport and Mars Hill Gravel Road Company (1863–1890), records from the Spring Valley Road Company (1863–1890), copies of Fielding Beeler’s diaries (1845–1847), school copy books (1860–1869), farm leases, and indentures for Joseph Beeler (1834–1851).


  • 1778-1890s


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

Joseph Beeler (1797–1851) was a farmer and stockbreeder in Decatur Township (Marion County) from 1822–1851. Joseph’s son, Fielding Beeler (1823–1895), was a farmer, businessman, and officer of the Marion County Agricultural Society. He was also a member of the Republican Party, who served in the Indiana House of Representatives in 1868.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Fielding Beeler during 1936, 1939, 1942, 1946 and 1950.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Brent Abercrombie during 2009/10.
Joseph Beeler 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.