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Henry K. English collection

Identifier: L053

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of accounts and organizational records belonging to Joseph K. English, including an account book for his painting business, receipts, checks, bills, broadsides, and letters of the U.C., an anti-Copperhead organization in Indianapolis (1862). It includes a record book of the Indianapolis City Treasurer, minutes of the Fall Creek and Warren Township Gravel Road Company and accounts of the Marion County Association for the Detection of Horse Thieves. There is a record book of the Center Township Citizens Draft Fund, which raised money for volunteer bonuses so that the military draft wound not be needed in Indianapolis. Also included is a typescript “Recollections of the Past,” a paper based on an interview with Henry K. English in 1931, and a 1910 labor contract between the Master Painters, Decorators and Paperhangers of America.


  • 1855-1937, undated


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

Henry K. English was an Indianapolis painter and interior decorator. He was the son of Joseph K. English (b. 1824), an Indianapolis painter (1850-1900). English was a member of the Indianapolis City Council from 1857 to 1859 and the Indianapolis City Treasurer from 1861 to 1865.


0.45 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box, 1 half-size manuscript box, 1 volume)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Hery K. English and his estate 1929/01; 1932/03/04; 1939/10.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Treva L. Nally during June 2011. EAD finding aid completed by Bethany Fiechter 2018/04/05. Postcard addition processing completed 2019/03/14 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid revised 2019/03/14 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.