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Ada Perry Beinhacker collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S0098

Scope and Contents

This collection contains several items from Ada Perry Beinhacker, including an undated sample advertisement and envelope for the “Zonas Corn Leaf” plaster manufactured by Johnson and Johnson; an undated “The Readers Friend” bookmark from the George W. Shults, Jr. drugstore of Cambridge City, Indiana; 2 teacher’s licenses issued to Flora Harvey to teach in Marion County, Indiana dated March 26, 1887 and March 31, 1888; clippings of the January 23, 1934 newspaper articles, “Artist Pays Tribute to Roosevelt” about the poster painted by Howard Chandler Christy to celebrate President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s birthday and “President’s Mother Likes Fort Wayne Woman’s Poem” that quotes the letter sent to Beinhacker from the president's mother, Sara D. Roosevelt, and a copy of the poem; and Mrs. Roosevelt's handwritten letter dated January 20, 1934 that was sent in an envelope from the White House.

The collection also includes a scrapbook containing clippings of Beinhacker’s poems and articles about her ranging from 1929 to 1945 (V474).


  • 1887-1945, 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

Ada E. Perry was born Aug. 27, 1882 in Montpelier, Indiana to Amos and Esther (Carter) Perry. She married and divorced twice before marrying Alexander Beinhacker in January 1915. She had one daughter, Pauline, from her first marriage. Ada Beinhacker lived in Fort Wayne from 1917 to 1936, then later moved to Angola. She was a well-known Indiana poet and published a book of verse called Potawatomi Indiana Legend. Her poems were widely published in magazines and newspapers and at one time were even syndicated. She also had a program on a Fort Wayne radio station in the 1930s and gave readings of her poems in churches and schools. Beinhacker died at the age of 70 on November 27, 1952.

Sources: "Ada Perry." 1910 United States Federal Census. Accessed October 14, 2022. "Ada Perry Beinhacker." Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed October 17, 2022. "Ada P. Mitchler." Missouri, U.S., Marriage records, 1805-2002. Accessed October 17, 2022. “Ada E. Perry Beinhacker”. Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed October 17, 2022.

"Rites on Sunday for Well Known Poet." Angola Herald (IN), December 3, 1952.


0.06 Cubic Feet (1 folder, 1 volume)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Ada Perry Beinhacker during 1952.


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:

V474: Ada Perry Beinhacker scrapbook

Item Listing

n.d. Advertisement for Johnson and Johnson’s Zonas Corn Leaf

n.d. Envelope for Zonas Corn Leaf advertisement

n.d. Bookmark advertisement for Geo. W. Schults. Jr., Druggist, Cambridge City, IN

3-26-1887 State of Indiana, County of Marion, Teacher’s License for Flora Harvey

3-31-1888 State of Indiana, County of Marion, Teacher’s License for Flora Harvey

1-23-1934 Fort Wayne, IN News-Sentinel article: “Artist Pays Tribute to Roosevelt”

1-23-1934 Fort Wayne, IN News-Sentinel article: “President’s Mother Likes Fort Wayne Woman’s Poem”

1-20-1934 Envelope addressed to Miss Ada Perry Beinhacker from The White House

1-20-1934 Sara D. Roosevelt to Ada Perry Beinhacker, ALS

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Edythe Huffman during April 2013. EAD finding aid completed by Bethany Fiechter on 2018/05/11. Finding aid revised by Laura Eliason on 2022/10/17.
Ada Perry Beinhacker collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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