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Helen S. Bates collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S0077

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence of the Hammond family of Fort Wayne (Allen County), Indiana and Swan (Noble County), Indiana (1841-1867), correspondence and other papers regarding the Orr family in DeKalb and Steuben Counties, Indiana (1869-1904) and two issues of the Ashley-Hudson Times, Indiana newspaper (1916, 1932).

Helen [S] Bates wrote 2 letters in 1967 to Mrs. Hopper regarding old papers and letters which she was reviewing for a friend.

There are letters from Daniel Hammond (d. 1849), a barrel maker in Americus (Tippecanoe County), Indiana (1847-1849); from Charles and Sarah (Hammond) Bruce, laborers in Fort Wayne and Swan (1841-1867); and from family members in Mishawaka (St. Joseph County) (1845-1850).

The Orr family papers include teachers’ licenses and other family and school documents relating to the Orr family in DeKalb and Steuben Counties (1869-1904); a history of the Orr family; a notebook listing engineers and firemen hired on the Wabash railroad from 1857-1898.

There are two issues of the Ashley-Hudson Times newspapers (1916, 1932).

There are 4 framed cards, some of which may have been valentines.


  • 1841-1932


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.


0.05 Cubic Feet (5 folders)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Helen Bates on 1967/11/20.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Edythe Huffman during February 2013. EAD finding aid completed by Bethany Fiechter on 2018/05/10.
Helen S. Bates 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.