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J.W. Blythe papers

 Collection — Folder: S132
Identifier: S0133

Scope and Contents

This collection includes an autographed, handwritten letter from Reb. J. W. Blythe in Vincennes, Indiana on December 1, 1856 regarding life and professional work in Indiana, missing home and friends in New Jersey.


  • 1856/12/01


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

The Rev. Joseph W. Blythe was born in 1808 in Kentucky. He served the 2nd Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from 1833-1836 and subsequently to Cranberry, New Jersey. He then moved to Vincennes, Indiana to fill the pulpit of the first Presbyterian Church in April of 1856, which position he held until May 1, 1858. He then became the financial officer at Hanover College in Hanover Indiana, after which he joined the army in 1862 as a chaplain and remained at the hospital in Madison, Indiana until the end of the war, where he continued until his death in 1876. He and his wife Elizabeth had many children.

"Blythe, J. W." 1850 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2014/03/05.

"Blythe, Joseph W." 1860 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2014/03/05.

"Blythe, Joseph W." Allegheny County, Presbyterian Pastors and Professors. Retrieved 2014/03/05.

"Blythe Joseph W." Joseph W. Blythe. Retrieved 2014/03/05.

Greene, George E. (1911) "Blythe, J.W." In History of Old Vincennes and Knox County, Indiana. (p.425). Chicago, IL,: S.J. Clarke Publishing Co. I 977.201 K74vg v. 1


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 Dauber and Pines on 1929/09/14.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/03/05 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2014/03/05 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.