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Asahel Clapp diary

Identifier: L032

Scope and Contents

The collection contains a photostat diary of Asahel Clapp ranging from 1819 to 1862. Topics covered in his diary include geology, botany, and local community news. The collection also includes newspaper clipping excerpts from "A Hoosier Listening Post" by Kate Milner Rabb (1930–1931).


  • 1819-1862


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

Dr. Asahel Clapp was born October 5, 1792 in Massachusetts. Clapp moved to Indiana around 1817, where he was one of the earliest physicians in the area. In 1820, Dr. Clapp married Mary Scribner, daughter of one of the founders of New Albany, Indiana. After his first wife past away in 1831, Clapp married a second time. He had three children live beyond childhood (one from his first marriage and two from his second): Lucinda, Mary, and William. Dr. Clapp died on December 18, 1863.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation during 1931/03.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Brent Abercrombie during 2012/02.
Asahel Clapp 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.