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Sarah T. Bolton papers

 Collection — Folder: S138
Identifier: S0139

Scope and Contents

This collection includes an autographed, signed letter and poems from Sarah T. Bolton in Indiana ranging from 1850 to 1892, with one undated, regarding marriage and life.


  • 1850-1982, 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

Sarah Tittle Barrett was born on December 18, 1814 at Newport Barracks, Kentucky and moved to Indiana when she was three. She became a published poet at the age of thirteen. In 1831, she married Nathaniel Bolton in Jefferson County, Indiana and had two children, Sarah and James.

Sarah was an advocate of property rights for women, organizing a women's group which lobbied the Indiana Constitutional Committee on that subject in 1850, and she also wrote a poem in 1850, "The Union", in which she predicted the Civil War. She accompanied her husband, an appointed consulate, to Geneva, Switzerland in 1855. They returned to Indiana in 1857 due to his ill health.

After the passing of her first husband, Sarah was briefly married to Judge Addison Reese in 1863. She later purchased a farm in Beech Grove and was considered Indiana's unofficial poet laureate. Sarah died on August 4, 1893 and is buried in Crown Hill Cemetery.

"Bolton, Sarah F.". 1850 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2013/08/13.

"Bolton, Sarah". Indiana State Library Genealogy Database: Marriages through 1850. Retrieved 2013/08/13.

Gerard, Nancy. (1994). "Bolton, Sarah T.". In The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. (p. 335). Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. ISLI 977.201 M341Ien


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)


This collection is arranged by chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a purchase from Forrest Sweet in August of 1948 and Clarence H. Plumb on 1933/04/19.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/03/17 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2014/03/17 by Edythe Huffman.
Sarah T. Bolton papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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