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Borden family collection

Identifier: L017

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the of business papers of John Borden, stock certificates and receipts of the Borden family in Indiana ranging from 1715 to 1902. 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.

There is also an oversize folder containing receipts, stock certificates, and other documents relevant to the Borden family, created between 1818 and 1863 (OBC115), as well as 2 volumes (V449).


  • 1715-1902


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

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.


0.66 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box, 1 oversize folder, 2 volumes)

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This collection is arranged by subject in chronological order.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Barbara Hilderbrand during January 2007. Finding aid revised by Edythe Huffman on 2015/11/09. EAD finding aid revised 2021/08/02 by Brittany Kropf; 2021/10/13 by Lauren Patton.
Borden family 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.