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Edmund Otis Hovey collection

Identifier: L075

Scope and Contents

The collection consists primarily of Hovey family letters, including correspondence between Edmund Otis Hovey and his fiancée and later, wife. Also included in the collections are letters describing the move from Vermont to Indiana, as well as their living conditions in Fountain County (1831-1834). The collection contains transcribed letters of Hovey while he was at Dartmouth College, Andover Seminary, letters of his time at Wabash College, and correspondence with Charles White regarding White’s appointment as Wabash College president.


  • 1826-1877


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

Edmund Hovey was a Presbyterian minister in Fountain County and western Indiana from 1832 to 1877. Hovey graduated from Dartmouth College in 1828 and Andover Seminary in 1831. Also in 1831, Hovey married Mary Carter and moved from Vermont to Coal Creek (Fountain County), Indiana. Hovey was one of the founders of Wabash College and trustee (1832–1877). At Wabash, he was a professor of rhetoric, geology, as well as several other subjects. Hovey also served as a college financial officer and school agent. Hovey died in 1877.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from H. H. Raymond on 1951/06/05.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Brent Abercrombie during September 2009. EAD finding aid completed by Bethany Fiechter on 2018/04/06.
Edmund Otis Hovey collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.