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Lyman Abbott letter

 Collection — Folder: S001
Identifier: S0001

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a thank-you letter written by Lyman Abbot to Miss Florence Venn, a librarian at the Indiana State Library on December 22, 1913.


  • 1913/12/22


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

Lyman Abbott was born December 18, 1835 in Roxbury, Massachusetts, the son of Jacob and Harriet (Vaughan) Abbott. In the early years of his life, Abbott worked as a lawyer. He decided to make a career change and was ordained in 1860. His first position as a pastor was at the Terre Haute Congregational Church in Indiana, where he worked until 1865. Abbott then moved back to the East Coast, where he continued his work as a pastor in several churches until 1899. During his life, Abbott also worked as an editor for the Literary Record of Harper’s Magazine and the Illustrated Christian Weekly. He was also the author of several books and articles, including The Spirit of Democracy, America in the Making, and A Study in Human Nature.

Lyman Abbott was married to Abby Frances Hamlin on October 14, 1857. Together they had six children. Abbott died in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York on October 22, 1922.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2004 by Jennifer Duplaga. EAD finding aid created 2004 by Jennifer Duplaga.


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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.