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Brown family collection

Identifier: L020

Scope and Contents

This collection contains Lyndsay Brown’s papers from the Indianapolis High School Alumni Association, his account of the Ohio River flood in 1937, and information from The Old Seminary Boys Group. Also included are papers of Ignatius Brown regarding road construction in the Pleasant Run area of Indianapolis circa 1898; and Hiram Brown's papers on water wheels and mills in Indianapolis.

There is also an Alumni Society of the Indianapolis High School record book with entries ranging from 1874 to 1883 and a photograph album of unidentified people, probably members of the Brown family, circa 1860-circa 1870.


  • 1824-1939


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

Lyndsay Brown was an 1876 graduate of Indianapolis High School and later worked as an Indianapolis lawyer. He conducted an abstract of title business in Indianapolis, Indiana from 1876 to 1926. Brown was the son of Ignatius Brown and grandson of Hiram Brown.

Ignatius Brown was born on August 11, 1831. He attended Marion County Seminary and received the bachelor of law degree in 1852 from Indiana University. He married Elizabeth M. Marsee on May 5, 1857 and they had four children. Brown practiced law with his father Hiram until 1853 and then began his own practice. He worked to organize the first board of trade in Indianapolis. Ignatius Brown died in 1903.


Thompson, Donald E. Indiana Authors and Their Books: 1967-1980. Crawfordsville, Indiana: R and R Donnelly and Sons Company, 1981.


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 from the Lyndsay Brown Estate.


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 2021/07/27 by Brittany Kropf.


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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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