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Romena O. Elder collection

Identifier: L050

Scope and Contents

The collection consists principally of account books and financial records of the Indianapolis jewelry store she owned and the Greenwood property managed by Romena O. Elder and her relative, Roman Oehler, ranging from 1857 to 1942.. The collection also contains personal papers and family accounts. Included are papers and accounts of Alexander M. Hannah (1821–1895), a farmer who resided in Marion County, and letters of Ingram Fletcher regarding land speculation in the Orlando, Florida area (1884–1888).


  • 1857-1942


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

Romena Oehler Elder, daughter of U.S. Civil War veteran Roman Oehler, lived in Indianapolis and Greenwood, Johnson County, Indiana most of her life. Elder married Marion G. Elder, who was an Indianapolis florist. She owned a jewelry store and managed property in Indianapolis and Greenwood. Her family home, which she later owned, was the Hanna-Oehler-Elder home, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. The house is located at the intersection of Hannah Ave. and South Meridian St. Alexander Hannah, former member of the Indiana General Assembly, was the original property owner.


8.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box, 24 volumes)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Romena Elder on 1966/11/04.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid created by Brent Abercrombie during March 2012. EAD finding aid revised 2024/05/16 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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