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Thaddeus Butler collection

Identifier: S3504

Scope and Contents

This collection consists principally of Thaddeus Butler’s papers relating to his work with the Miami Indians (1880-1882). Included are his correspondence and instructions from the Office of Indian Affairs, and copies of his censuses and payment records for the Miami Indians in Indiana, Kansas, the Indian Territory (Oklahoma), and other areas.

There are two oversize collections including Miami Indian payroll list, 1866 (OBC116); Eel River, Miami Indian census rolls, 1884/04/07 (OBD039).


  • 1848-1906


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

Thaddeus Butler was editor and publisher for newspapers in Wabash, Wabash County, (1872-1884), and Andrews and Huntington, Huntington County, Indiana (1884-1914). Butler also served as special agent, Office of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior, to make payment of annuities and take a census of the Miami Indians (1880-1882).


0.2 Cubic Feet (4 folders, 3 large oversize folders)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as donation from Charles A. Butler on 1921/02/21.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Jessica Combs during 2010. EAD finding aid revised 2021/10/25 by Lauren Patton; 2024/05/23 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.