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Albert J. Beveridge collection

Identifier: L016

Scope and Contents

The collection consists largely of Beveridge’s correspondence with John C. Shaffer, publisher of the Chicago Evening Post and the Indianapolis Star and president of a syndicate owning the Indianapolis street railways. Included are letters from Beveridge as Shaffer’s lawyer handling the dissolution of the Indianapolis street railways syndicate (1893) and letters on personal and political matters (1897-1914). The collection also includes Beveridge’s manuscript for his senate speech on the Philippines (1900); copies of additional speeches; letters from Beveridge to various correspondents regarding political affairs; and notes from his research on the life of Abraham Lincoln.


  • 1893-1926, bulk 1893-1914


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

Albert Jeremiah Beveridge was born on October 6, 1862, near Sugar Tree Ridge, Highland County, Ohio, to Thomas H. and Frances (Parkinson) Beveridge. In 1885, he graduated from Indiana Asbury College (DePauw University). In 1887, Beveridge married Katherine Langsdale, was admitted to the Indiana bar, and began practicing law in Indianapolis. Some years after Katherine’s death in 1900, Beveridge married Catherine Eddy (1907).

In 1889, Beveridge was elected to the U.S. Senate and served six terms as a Senator. In 1911, he returned to Indianapolis where he pursued his literary and historical interests. The most ambitious product of these endeavors is The Life of John Marshall in four volumes. He made an unsuccessful bid for the Indiana governorship as a Progressive candidate in 1912, losing to Samuel M. Ralston. In the same year, he was the chairman of the National Progressive Convention at Chicago. He died on April 27, 1927, in Indianapolis.


Banta, Ray E., comp. Indiana Authors and their Books, 1816-1916. Crawfordsville, IN: Wabash College, 1949.

United States Congress. "Beveridge, Albert J." Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. December 13, 2005.


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 Mr. Carroll Shaffer on 1951/02/05 and multiple purchases.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Christina Baich during December 2005. Finding aid revised by Edythe Huffman on 2015/11/09.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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