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John Kline Burgess collection

Identifier: L022

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of legal documents and letters between a drilling company’s partners and the land lessor. Also included is correspondence with E. G. Cottingham concerning the drilling progress and receipts from drilling company suppliers.


  • 1920-1924


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 and Historical Note

John Kline Burgess was born at Noblesville, Indiana in 1874. Burgess taught school in Henry County, served as clerk of the Henry Circuit Court. He assisted in organizing the Farmer National Banks in Newcastle, Mooreland, and Sulpher Springs, Indiana. He was also active in real estate and loan businesses.

In September 1920, a group of businessmen from Noblesville and Indianapolis, Indiana formed a company to drill for oil in Knox County Indiana. The group members were Sam Fisher, Fred E. Heylmann, Albert R. Haas, W. J. McCullough, Dr. Joe D. Sturdevant, E. L. Sturdevant, Charles J. Offett, H. O. Cottingham, O. H. Bradway, Mrs. O. H. Bradway, John K. Burgess, O. R. Burgess, W. E. Longley, Dr. A. D. Booth, George Aikin, and E. A. Thomas. John K. Burgess was chosen to act as trustee for these stockholders to the agreement for oil and gas development entered into between the stockholders and E. G. Cottingham of Robinson Illinois.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

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 Marcia Caudell during August 2010.
John Kline Burgess 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.