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McDonald family papers

 Collection — Folder: S032
Identifier: S0032

Scope and Contents

This collection includes two financial documents and two letters pertaining to the Adams/McDonald family, including A.J. McDonald, Mary E. McDonald, and Mary Jane McDonald in Carrolton, Hancock County and Elizabethtown, Bartholomew County in Indiana ranging from 1869 to 1936. There are also three Democratic voting tickets for state elections in Indiana circa 1851, 1876, and 1935.


  • 1851-1936 and 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

May Adams Arbuckle was born in Elizabethtown, Bartholomew County, Indiana on July 10, 1885. She was the daughter of William Dayton and Sara Elizabeth Adams and the third of five children. May worked as an elementary school teacher and principal in Bartholomew County for twenty-seven years. She married Ernest Arbuckle in Elizabethtown on February 6, 1919. She was heavily involved in the 4-H Clubs of Bartholomew County and was a member of the board of directors for the county library. She helped to form the Bartholomew County Historical Society, where she served either as president or director from 1930 to 1964. She was also a published poet and author. May died in Columbus, Indiana on August 19, 1864 and is buried in Springer Cemetery, Elizabethtown, Indiana.

Sources: "Adams. May." 1900 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2015/08/05. "Arbuckle, Ernest E." Indiana, Select Marriages, 1780-1992. Retrieved 2015/08/05. "Arbuckle, May Adams." Find a Grave Index. Retrieved 2015/08/05.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)


This collection is arranged by chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from May A. Arbuckle on 1935/06/28 and 1938/05/10.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2004 by Jennifer Duplaga. EAD finding aid created 2015/08/04 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid revised 2015/08/05 by Brittany Kropf.


McDonald family papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.