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Hiram Wesley Catlin collection

 Collection — Folder: S0242
Identifier: S0242

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a copy of Catlin’s diary kept while an army doctor during the Mexican-American War. Catlin writes about the diseases and injuries faced by solders, the places he visited, and the Battle of Buena Vista.


  • 1846-1847


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

Hiram Wesley Catlin was born November 27, 1820, in Indiana. He attended Louisville Medical College in Kentucky, and served as a surgeon in the Second Regiment, Indiana Infantry, during the Mexican-American War. Upon returning to Indiana, Catlin married Rachel Hickman on January 6, 1848, in Floyd County, Indiana. In 1853, he served as a member of the Indiana General Assembly. Catlin and his family moved to St. Peter, Minnesota, in 1855. Catlin lived there and worked as a physician until his death, May 26, 1861.


Gresham, William G., ed. History of Nicollet and LeSueur Counties Minnesota: Their People, Industries and Institutions. Indianapolis: B. F. Bowen & Company, 1916.

“H. W. Catlin grave.” Find a Grave. Accessed June 5, 2013.

“Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1941.” Ancestry. Accessed June 5, 2013. Library catalog entry. Hiram W. Catlin and family papers, 1846-1935. Minnesota Historical Society.

“Minnesota Territorial Census, 1857.” Ancestry. Accessed June 5, 2013. National Archives and Records Administration. “1850, 1860 U.S. Census.” Ancestry. Accessed June 5, 2013.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection includes one item.

Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Jamie Dunn during June 2013. EAD finding aid completed by Bethany Fiechter on 2018/05/11.
Hiram Wesley Catlin 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.