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Frank G. Darlington collection

Identifier: L040

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence, postcards, calendars, poems, book reviews, pamphlets, programs, and newspaper clippings from Frank G. Darlington ranging from 1871 to 1915. The collection contains many papers pertaining to James Whitcomb Riley and other Indiana authors. There is also Darlington’s undated thesis.


  • 1871-1915


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

Frank Graef Darlington was born in Pennsylvania on December 29, 1859. In 1883 he married Elise Buckingham. They had three children, James, Henry and John. Frank was the Superintendent of the Indianapolis Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad. He was an avid book collector. Darlington died on February 21, 1918 and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Zanesville, Muskingum County, Ohio.

Sources: "Frank Graef Darlington." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed January 7, 2021 h


0.5 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box, 1 half manuscript box)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from James Darlington.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Jessica Combs during September 2010. EAD finding aid revised 2020/01/07; 2024/05/16 by Brittany Kropf.
Frank G. Darlington 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.