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John Collett collection

 Collection — Folder: S211
Identifier: S0211

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a letter from the faculty of Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana to United States President James A. Garfield on March 7, 1881 regarding endorsing State Geologist John Collett for the Commission of Agriculture.


  • 1881


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

John Collett was born in 1818 to Stephen Stevenson Collett in Vermillion County, Indiana. He graduated from Wabash College in 1847, where he also received an honorary Doctor of Philosophy for his geological research in 1877. Collett was appointed as the State Geologist of Indiana in 1879, producing the first geological map of Indiana ever published in 1883. He died of pneumonia on March 15, 1899 in Indianapolis, Indiana and was buried in Terre Haute.


Items in the collection.

Taylor, Stephen J. "Rock and Bone Man: Indiana State Geologist John Collett." Hoosier State Chronicles blog, February 4, 2015. Accessed July 30, 2015.


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.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/07/30 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid created 2015/07/30 by Brittany Kropf.
John Collett collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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