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James Whitcomb Riley Boyhood Home hostess oral histories

Identifier: OH029

Scope and Contents

This collection contains 6 audio cassette tapes and transcripts of interviews with hostesses at the James Whitcomb Riley Home in Greenfield, Indiana, including Lucinda Jean Arthur, Charlotte Barnett, Elizabeth Gappen, Edna Jacobs, Dorothy June WIlliams, and Ruth Williamson. Interviews were conducted by local teacher Carol Cummings during June-July 1987.


  • 1987 June-July


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Literary rights, including copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their legal heirs and assigns. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts. The publisher must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical Note

Lucinda Jean Arthur was born May 13, 1916 in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Her parents were Dr. W.D. Hays and Ida Stevenson Hays. Her extensive education includes an A.B. from Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania, an M.S. in education from Indiana University, and an Indiana teacher’s license. She taught science for seven years in Indiana classrooms. She and her husband, Thomas C. Arthur, a Presbyterian minister, raised four boys: William Howard, Thomas Joseph, James Stevenson and John David. She began working at the James Whitcomb Riley Home in 1981.

Charlotte Barrett the daughter of Charles and Ruth Herr Myers, was born in Vincennes Indiana on February 17, 1935. She married Glenn Barrett and had one son Blaine. She attended Vincennes University, Indiana State University and Ball State University. At the time of the interview Barrett had taught school for thirty-one years and was currently teaching third grade at Lincoln Park School in Greenfield Indiana. She began volunteering at the James Whitcomb Riley Home in Greenfield in 1984.


0.01 Cubic Feet (6 transcripts, 6 audio cassette tapes)

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This collection is arranged by format and alphabetically.

Custodial History

This collection was created by the Indiana State Library Oral History Project in 1987/06.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2005/04 by Jennifer Duplaga. EAD finding aid created 2005/04 by Jennifer Duplaga. Collection reprocessing completed 2020/03/05 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid revised 2020/03/05 by Brittany Kropf.


James Whitcomb Riley Boyhood Home hostess oral histories
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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