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Sarah T. Bolton papers

 Collection — Folder: S0139
Identifier: S0139

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a handwritten letter with and accompanying autograph and poem excerpt and two poems from Sarah T. Bolton in Indianapolis, Indiana ranging from 1850 to 1892, with one undated, regarding marriage, life, toil, and death.


  • 1850-1892, 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, future state librarian, in Jefferson County, Indiana and had two children, Sarah and James.

Sarah Bolton 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 titled, "The Union," in which she predicted the American Civil War. Bolton 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, Bolton 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. Bolton died on August 4, 1893 and was buried in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Sources: "Sarah F. Bolton." 1850 United States Federal Census. Accessed August 13, 2013.

Gerard, Nancy. "Bolton, Sarah T." In The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis, edited by David J. Bodenhamer and Barrows, Robert G., 335. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1994.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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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. EAD finding aid revised 2020/08/11 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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