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Charles W. Fairbanks collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S0042

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 12 letters and one envelope. The oldest letter, dated Feb. 8, 1888, is to James C. Clarke recommending Jesse W. Weik of Greencastle, Indiana, for "any favors you can show him."

Four letters from 1900 to 1904 were typed on United States Senate letterhead. They are to Senator Cushman K. Davis, Joseph Oliver, Albert A. Wilcox, and Julius Chambers. They are all social, not business, letters. He told Senator Davis: "Mrs. Fairbanks joins me in most cordial regards to Mrs. Davis and yourself."

The three letters on the Vice President’s letterhead are to: Joel Heatwole, Northfield, Minn. (Oct. 27, 1905); William A. Nash, New York City (Dec. 18, 1906); and Frederick Boyd Stevenson, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Feb. 5, 1907). They are messages to express kindness shown.

Four letters are on imprinted stationery "Charles W. Fairbanks, Indianapolis, Ind." They are dated 1915 to 1916 to: W.W. Leland Co., New York; W. C. Woodward, Director, Indiana Historical Commission; Josiah H. Bruton, Boston (handwritten) and William B. Howland, New York. The letter to Mr. Woodward states: "Your letter of the 18th instant with reference to securing the Indiana Panama-Pacific Exhibit for the Indiana State Exposition in connection with our State Centennial celebration next year, is received and will have my careful consideration."

There is also an oversize folder containing portraits of Charles W. Fairbanks (OBC192).


  • 1888-1916


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

Charles Warren Fairbanks (May 11, 1852-June 4, 1918) was an attorney, state Republican leader and United States vice-president (1905-1909) under Theodore Roosevelt. He attended Ohio Wesleyan University, graduating in 1872. Fairbanks worked as a reporter for the Western Associated Press before he moved to Indianapolis in 1874. He was an attorney for the Indianapolis, Bloomington and Western Railroad, and became wealthy in handing railroad bankruptcies. He and his wife Cornelia “Nellie” are buried at Crown Hill Cemetery across the road from the Gothic Chapel.


Bodenhamer, David J, Robert G. Barrows, and David G. Vanderstel. The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1994.


0.07 Cubic Feet (1 folder, 1 large oversize folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was purchased by Rare Books and Manuscripts from Paul C. Richards on 1966/05/20; 1968/05/06; 1969/09/11; 1907 letter purchased on 1952/12/03 from Dr. Milton Kronouet; letter purchased on 1952/12/19 from Hostick.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

OBC192: Charles W. Fairbanks portraits

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Nikki Stoddard Schofield during December 2011. EAD finding aid completed by Bethany Fiechter on 2018/05/02. EAD finding aid revised on 2021/11/17 by Lauren Patton.
Charles W. Fairbanks collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.