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O. V. Brown collection

Identifier: L021

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of Brown’s correspondence and other papers relating to his research on Abraham Lincoln, Civil War, southern Indiana, and Native American tribes from Indiana. The included Civil War letters pertain to Marion Thurman, Spencer County, from family members serving the 25th and 48th IN Regiments (1861–1865). Brown’s Abraham Lincoln research includes correspondence from 1837 to 1965, and includes speeches made by Lincoln, printed publications, and maps of Dale, Indiana (resting place of Nancy Lincoln). Additionally, the collection contains account books for the Rockport Democrat, the William C. Jackson G.A.R. post, and records of freight received by the Bergenroth Brothers, Troy, Spencer County, Indiana.


  • 1806-1966


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

O.V. Brown owned a lumber company in Dale, Spencer County, Indiana. Brown was an avid collector of historical documents and artifacts on Abraham Lincoln and southern Indiana.


2.3 Cubic Feet (7 manuscript boxes, 7 oversize folders, 11 volumes)


This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from O.V. Brown during 1966.


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:

B031: O. V. Brown oversize collection, 1955-1965

OBC035: O. V. Brown oversize collection, Dale, Indiana maps, undated

OBD011: O. V. Brown oversize collection, Dale, Indiana maps, undated

V012: O. V. Brown volumes, 1844-1926

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Brent Abercrombie during February 2012.
O. V. Brown 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.