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Ethel Arnold Tilden letters

 Collection — Folder: S217
Identifier: S0217

Scope and Contents

This collection includes one typed, signed letter and one autographed, signed letter from Ethel Arnold Tilden in Greencastle, Indiana regarding poems she has written and information she requested from the library.


  • 1933 May; 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

Ethel N. Arnold was born to Francis A. and Elizabeth N. Arnold on Feb. 29, 1876, in Greencastle, Indiana, where her father was publisher of the Democrat newspaper. She was the oldest of four children, including Frances A., Edna A. and Dorothy. She was graduated from DePauw University with a Ph. D. in 1897. She married Francis "Frank" Calvin Tilden on Sept. 13, 1900 in Putnam County, Indiana, and they had four children; Francis A. (Allen), Elizabeth and Arnold. Her husband was a professor at DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana.

She taught school from 1897 to 1900 and wrote poetry and stories. "Quest and acceptance, and other poems" was published in 1925. She was the first poet laureate of the Indiana Federation of Clubs in 1932. Ethel wrote the lyrics to the oratorio "The Evangel of the New World", performed in 1935 in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of Methodism by John Wesley. Ethel and Frank moved to Chicago after his retirement from DePauw. She died on Oct. 31, 1950 and is buried in Forest Hill Cemetery, Greencastle, Indiana.

"Arnold, Ethel [M].". Indiana, Marriage Collection, 1800-1941. Retrieved 2015/09/09.

"Arnold, Ethel N.". 1900 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2015/09/09.

"Tilden, Ethel A." 1910 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2015/09/09.

"Tilden, Ethel Arnold.". Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current. Retrieved 2015/09/09.

“Tilden, Ethel Arnold”. (1974). In Indiana authors and their books, 1917-1966. (p. 612). Crawfordsville, IN: Wabash College. Print. ISLI 016.810 B219I SUPP. 1917-66

"Tilden, Ethel Arnold.". Indiana Biography Index Before 1990. Retrieved 2015/09/09.

"Tilden, Mrs.". Greencastle Daily Banner. 31 Oct. 1950:p. 1, c. 1. Print.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/09/09 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2015/09/09 by Edythe Huffman.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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