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Christopher B. Coleman collection

 Collection — Folder: S282
Identifier: S0282

Scope and Contents

This collection contains an eight page typewritten copy of a January 1932 speech given by Dr. Christopher Coleman regarding the history of Indiana. The speech discusses people and events that helped shape Indiana and includes brief sketches of George Rogers Clark and Abraham Lincoln. The collection also has a carbon copy of an October 27, 1933 letter sent by Coleman to Matilda Denny Gibson thanking her for a copy of a note from ”Suco-co-tash” by Major Denny that included a detail about a meeting between George Rogers Clark and Bohengehalus. A January 24, 1942 typewritten memo by Coleman regarding an official note certifying that a flag flown at the Indiana State House during the launch of the Defense Bond campaign on January 15, 1942 was the same flag flown from the United States House of Representatives on the day President Roosevelt requested that Congress declare war on Japan is included as well.


  • 1932-1942


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Literary rights, including copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their legal heirs and assigns. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts. The publisher must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical Note

Indiana historian Christopher Bush Coleman was born on April 24, 1875 at Springfield, Illinois to Louis and Jenny Coleman. He earned his A.B. degree from Yale University in 1896, his B.D. from University of Chicago in 1899, and his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1914. He was associated with Butler University from 1900 to 1920, serving as a history professor for 18 years and vice-president of the college for 7 years. In 1920, he became head of the history and political science department at Allegheny College and then returned to Indiana in 1924 to become the Director of the Indiana Historical Bureau, a position he held for 20 years. He also served as the Indiana State Librarian from 1936 to 1942 and was involved in a number of historical organizations, including the Indiana Historical Society, the George Rogers Clark Memorial Commission of Indiana (1927-1940) and the George Rogers Clarke Sesquicentennial Commission (1928-1935). Dr. Coleman married Juliet J. Brown on June 25, 1901 and they had two daughters. He passed away at the age of 69 on June 25, 1944.

Sources: “Christopher B. Coleman.” Indiana, Select Marriages Index, 1748-1993. Accessed April 22, 2019.

“Dr. Coleman dies of Heart Attack.” Indianapolis Star (IN), June 26, 1944.


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 donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/06/24 by Keenan Salla. Collection reprocessed 2019/04/23 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2019/04/23 by Laura Eliason.
Christopher B. Coleman 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.