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Albion Fellows Bacon papers

 Collection — Folder: S045
Identifier: S0045

Scope and Contents

This collection includes typed, signed letters from Albion Fellows Bacon in Evansville, Indiana ranging from 1926/05/09 to 1931/10/21 regarding an honor she received, a pageant she wrote and personal, family matters.


  • 1926/05/09-1931/10/21


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

Albion Mary Fellows Bacon was born in Evansville, Indiana in 1865 to Rev. Albion and Mary (Erskine) Fellows. She had three siblings, including writer Annie Fellows Johnston, and was raised in the small hamlet of McCutchanville, IN. She attend Evansville High School, and after graduating she worked as a secretary and court reporter, toured Europe with her sister, and married a local banker and merchant. Hilary Edwin Bacon, on Oct. 11, 1888, with whom she had four children: Margaret, Albion Mary, Hilary Edwin, Jr. and Joy (twins).

In 1892 she came down with an undefined illness. Fortunately she found several outlets, including tenement reform, child welfare, city planning and zoning, and a variety of public health initiatives. She is known as Indiana’s foremost "municipal housekeeper," a Progressive era term for one who applies domestic skills to social issues, and she was instrumental in the passage of several statewide laws. She authored several pamphlets, including "A Tale of Tenements" (1912), "Beauty for Ashes" (1914), and "What Bad Housing Means to the Community" (1915), among many others. Albion Fellows Bacon died on December 10, 1933 and is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Evansville.

"Bacon, Albion F.". 1910 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2015/08/14. http://search.ancestrylibrary.con

"Bacon, Albion Fellows". Encyclopaedia Britannica. Retrieved 2015/08/15. [REF.] ISLM E176 W64 v.1 1897-1942

"Bacon, Albion Fellows". Find a Grave Memorial. Retrieved 2015/08/14.

"Bacon, Albion Fellows". Who Was Who in America. Vol. 1, 1897-1942. (p.41). Chicago: The A.N. Marquis Company, 1943. Print.

Barrows, Robert G. Albion Fellows Bacon: Indiana’s Municipal Housekeeper. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2000. Introduction. Print.

"Fellows, Albion Mary". Indiana, Select Marriages, 1780-1992. Retrieved 2015/08/14.


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 from William Tasker on 1945/08/06 (1931 letter).


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2005/08 by Benjamin Clark. EAD finding aid created 2015/08/14 by Edythe Huffman.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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