Coleman family photograph collection
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- 1803-1935, undated
- Coleman family (Family)
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When Vajen died, Sallie Downing Vajen married William Henry Coleman (ca. 1848-1946) on May 22, 1889 in Marion County, Indiana. Coleman was born to Richard and Mary (Clark) Coleman in Pennsylviania and later lived in New York. He moved to Indianapolis in 1880 where he owned his own lumber factories, having worked for a lumber merchant in New York. He also had factories in Terre Haute, Indiana and Tennessee. Coleman also made oil barrels for the Standard Oil Company. He adopted Suemma Vajen, who became known as Suemma Coleman or Vajen-Coleman, and established the Suemma Coleman Home for Unwed Mothers in 1894. Suemma Vajen Coleman (1883-1924) married William Avery Atkins on November 27, 1907 and they had a son, William Coleman Atkins (1911-1937). She, along with her second child, died in childbirth at age 40 on April 24, 1924 and her parents donated funds for the erection of the William Coleman Hospital for Women in memorial.
Beginning in the 1890s, William and Sallie Coleman lived at 1006 North Meridian Street in Indianapolis. The family were generous philanthropists who supported many causes, including hospitals and libraries at Butler and Yale universities. Sallie Coleman personally volunteered for the American Red Cross and the Indianapolis Flower Mission and served as treasurer of the Board of Lady Managers of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (St. Louis World's Fair) in 1904. She died on August 30, 1947 and was buried in Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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Ancestry.com. "Sallie E. Coleman." Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed May 10, 2021. http://www.ancestrylibrary.com.
Ancestry.com. "Sallie Vajen or Downing." Indiana, U.S., Select Marriages Index, 1748-1993. Accessed May 10, 2021. http://www.ancestrylibrary.com.
Ancestry.com. "Sallie E. Downing." Indiana, U.S., Marriage Index, 1800-1941. Accessed May 10, 2021. http://www.ancestrylibrary.com.
Findagrave.com. "Sallie E. Downing Coleman." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed May 10, 2021. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/45872067/sallie-e.-coleman.
Harter, Chris. "Sallie E. Coleman scrapbook, 1922-1950." Finding aid. Indiana Historical Society. Created May 13, 1997. Accessed May 10, 2021. https://indianahistory.org/wp-content/uploads/sallie-e-coleman-scrapbook-1922-1950.pdf.
Thompson, Donald Eugene. "Atkins, Suemma Valjen (Mrs. William A.): 1883-1924." In Indiana Authors and Their Books, 1917-1966, p. 688. Crawfordsville, IN: Wabash College, 1974. Accessed May 17, 2021. http://webapp1.dlib.indiana.edu/inauthors.
0.6 Cubic Feet (2 manuscript boxes)
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- Atkins, William Coleman, 1911-1937
- California -- Description and travel
- Coleman, Sallie E. Downing, 1860-1947
- Coleman, William H. (William Henry), 1847 or 1848-1946
- Denver (Colo.)
- Family life
- Great Britain
- Indianapolis (Ind.)
- New York
- New York (N.Y.)
- Paris (France)
- San Francisco (Calif.)
- Coleman family photograph collection
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