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James Blake papers

 Collection — Folder: S130
Identifier: S0130

Scope and Contents

This collection includes bills and autographed, signed letters from various correspondents in Indiana and Pennsylvania ranging from 1826 to 1847 regarding to business interests.


  • 1826-1847, 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

James Blake was born on March 3, 1791 in Pennsylvania. He moved to Indianapolis in 1821, where be became a businessman (1821-1870). He operated a ginseng company (1826-1828), was an officer of the Steam Mill Company in 1828, president of the Indiana Mutual Fire Insurance Company (1827-1855), a member of the board of directors of the Madison and Indianapolis Railroad and a director of the Lafayette and Indianapolis Railroad. He was president of the Indianapolis Benevolent Society for 35 years, and served as a trustee for Hanover College, Miami University, Ohio, and Crown Hill Cemetery. He died on November 26, 1870 and is buried in Indianapolis, Indiana.


"Blake, James." Web: Indiana, Find a Grave Index, 1800-2012. Retrieved 2013/08/06.

Vanderstel, Sheryl D. (1994) James Blake. In Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. (p, 325). Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. ISLI 977.201 M341Ien.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a purchase from Carrie Adkins on 1939/01.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/03/03 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2014/03/03 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.