Scope and Contents
This collection contains the of business papers of John Borden, stock certificates and receipts of the Borden Family. Also included are William W. Borden’s letters, a scrapbook of notes and clippings of his geological work, and the papers of John M. Johnston, a Brookville, Franklin County, Indiana judge. Johnston’s papers include correspondence with Thomas A. Hendricks, Oliver P. Morton, Noah Noble, and James Whitcomb.
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.
John Borden was born circa 1798 in Rhode Island. He was a blacksmith and a machinist by trade. In 1816, he moved to what would later become Wood Township in Clark County, Indiana. There Borden took up farming and became a prominent business owner. In 1822, Borden married Lydia Bellows of Massachusetts, born in 1798. In 1823, the couple had a son, William. John Borden died in November 1824, five months before the birth of his second son, John. Lydia Borden took over the business, a tavern, and was by all counts quite successful. William W. Borden was a farmer, geologist, and educator in New Providence, Clark County, Indiana. He was assistant to the Indiana State Geologist 1873-1876. He organized the Colorado mining firm of Borden, Tabor, and Company and established and directed the Borden Institute a college at New Providence.
0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)