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John L. Coburn collection

Identifier: L034

Scope and Contents

The collection includes 9 of Coburn’s letter books (1879-1903), chiefly relating to his Indianapolis law practice, but also including letters on Republican Party politics, local civic activities, and Indiana history; correspondence regarding political appointments, and his work on banking and military affairs; other correspondence regarding politics; correspondence and financial papers relating to the settlement of the estate of Augustus Coburn, including papers relating to land in Ontonagon County, Michigan, and mining claims in the west (1850-1865). Coburn’s memorandum books contain addresses, legal case notes, receipts, and cures for diseases (1904-1905); a scrapbook of the 1867 political campaign; Coburn’s account book (1865); an article by Coburn on riots in Indianapolis and other Indiana towns during the Civil War; and notes and drafts of speeches. Correspondents include Roscoe Conkling, Frederick T. Frelinghuysen, James A. Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William Tecumseh Sherman, Daniel W. Voorhees, and Lew Wallace.


  • 1850-1904

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

John L. Coburn was an Indianapolis attorney; colonel, 33rd Indiana Regiment (1861-1864), general (1865); Whig, member Indiana House of representatives (1850-1851); Republican, member U.S. House of Representatives (1867-1875), serving as chairman of the Committee on Military Affairs and on the Committee on Banking and Currency; Justice, Montana Territory Supreme Court (1884-1885).


0.5 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)


This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Argosy on 1943/03/13 and Schuyler Hass on 1931/12/27.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Jessica Combs during September 2010.
John L. Coburn 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.