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James DuShane collection

Identifier: L048

Scope and Contents

The collection primarily consists of James DuShane’s correspondence, particularly from 1890 to 1914, regarding interests in South Bend area power companies and oil investments in Kansas and Indiana (Jay, Adams, and Delaware counties). The collection also contains correspondence relating to his work as a patent attorney, time spent as a superintendent at Madison, Indiana, and personal family papers. Additionally, the collection includes the legal papers of Ellen Colfax, widow of Schuyler Colfax, letters of Spanish-American War soldier William H. Hobbs, and documents of Horatio Chapin with a scrapbook on the Chapin family history.

In addition to the papers, the collection contains 24 volumes (V047). The volumes mainly consist of account or letter-books relating to DuShane’s business, superintendent work, and personal accounts. There is also an oversize number chart dated 1888 (OBD004).

Correspondents include Abraham Lincoln Brick, Frederick P. Delefield, Charles W. Fairbanks, Charles W. Miller, Charles Tennery, among others.


  • 1869-1949


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

James DuShane was a teacher, high school principal, and school superintendent in South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana. In addition to his educational work, DuShane also practiced law, specializing in patent law. DuShane formed a partnership with his father-in-law Andrew Anderson and established the firms Anderson and DuShane, Anderson, DuShane, and Crabill, and his own firm. DuShane served as secretary for the South Bend Power Company, the St. Joseph and Elkhart Power Company, and the Berrien Springs (Michigan) Water Power Company.


6.4 Cubic Feet (4 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize folder, 24 volumes)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Don Allan on 1967/01/14 and 1967/11/08.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

OBD004: James DuShane number chart

V047: James DuShane volumes

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Brent Abercrombie during March 2012. EAD finding aid revised 2021/11/22 by Lauren Patton.
James DuShane 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.