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Martha Tilson Amos collection

 Collection — Folder: S021
Identifier: S0021

Scope and Contents

The collection contains a short biographical sketch of Lowell Mason Tilson written by his daughter, Martha Tilson Amos.


  • 1965


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

Martha J. Tilson Amos was the daughter of Lowell Mason Tilson and Susan E. Powell Tilson, who had two other children, Harold and Helen. She was born on February 8, 1907 in Indiana. She married Everett R. Amos, a dentist who practiced in Shelbyville, Indiana in the 1950s, later moving to Knox, Indiana, where they lived next door to former Governor and Mrs. Henry Schricker at 309 S. Main Street. He also maintained his dental practice at that address. She often treated neighborhood children to ice cream at downtown establishments. She died on January 6, 1992, in Knox, Indiana.

Lowell Mason Tilson was born in Johnson County, Indiana on August 19, 1872. Tilson was a leader in music education and an author of numerous textbooks on music education. He began his career as a student at Franklin College located in Franklin, Indiana. Tilson was the first public school music teacher in Lebanon, Indiana, and was affectionately referred to as “Mr. Music” by his students. After teaching in Lebanon, Tilson was asked, in 1915, to develop and head the music department at Indiana State Normal College, now Indiana State University. After reaching the position of Professor Emeritus, Tilson retired in 1940. He was an honorary member of the Phi Delta Kappa fraternity and received an honorary degree from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in 1931. Tilson retired to the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. Everett R. Amos in Knox, Indiana and died in that city on August 26, 1962.

Information found within the collection.

"Amos, Everett R.". U.S. City Directories. Retrieved 2015/07/29.

"Amos, Everett R.". U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 2. Retrieved 2015/07/29.

"Amos, Martha". Reminiscences of Edythe Simmons Huffman, 2015/07/29.

"Amos, Martha J.". U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014. Retrieved 2015/07/29.

"Tilson, Martha". 1910 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2015/07/29.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Martha Tilson Amos on 1965/10/03.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed by Luncinda Barnhart during 2004.
Martha Tilson Amos collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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