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Sarah Bovard papers

 Collection — Folder: S146
Identifier: S0146

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a typed diary from Sarah Bovard in Indiana ranging from 1859 to 1871 and a typed copy of "The Bovards of California and U.S.A." and "Six Biographic Sketches" by Reverend John Gabrielson of California, undated.


  • 1859-1871

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 Young was the niece of Brigham Young, of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints. She was born on February 21, 1828. She married James Bovard in Ohio and they settled in Alpha, Indiana. They had twelve children, six of whom became Methodist ministers and served mainly in California. These sons were Marion McKinley (president of the University of Southern California), Freeman D. (vice president of the University of Southern California and editor of the California Christian Advocate), George Finley,(president of Southern California and leader of Grace Church, a leading church in Los Angeles), William Sherman (vice president of the University of Chattanooga), Charles Lincoln (Superintendent of the English speaking work of the Methodist Episcopal Church in New Mexico), and Melville Young (a missionary to Africa). She died on October 31, 1888 and is buried in Austin, Indiana.


Information found within the collection

"Bovard, Sarah Waldsmith Young". Web: Indiana, Find a Grave Index, 1800-2012. Retrieved 2013/09/03.


0.02 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. Melvin S. Kinnett in 1971.


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 Bovard 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.