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Roscoe R. Leak papers

Identifier: L089

Scope and Contents

This collection includes letters, histories of early Indiana families, notes and manuscripts on local history; printed church histories and brochures; financial papers; and newspaper clippings from Roscoe R. Leak and others in Lizton, Indiana and elsewhere ranging from 1689 to 1958, regarding early Clark and Hendricks counties; histories of the Disciples of Christ Church and the Methodist Church of those two counties; Leak, Leach and Buzzard family histories and financial documents; and newspaper clippings on various subjects.


  • 1689-1958, 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

Roscoe Ryan Leak was born in Lizton, Indiana on September 18, 1884 to James Hilary [Hillary] and Margaret Catherine (Leach) Leak. He had one sister Dena S. Leak was graduated from Central Normal College at Danville, Indiana in 1906.

He worked as a farmer but was a noted authority in the early history of Hendricks County, Indiana and was the local representative to the Indiana Historical Society from Hendricks County. Leak had several articles published in the Indiana Magazine of History. Leak was a member of the Knights of Pythias, the Republican Party, and the Disciples of Christ Church where he served as an elder for many years.

Leak married Minnie Candace Noe on September 25, 1909 in Hendricks County and had one son, J. Robert, and two daughters, Margaret and Amanda. He died on October 22, 1964 and was buried in the Lizton K. of P. Cemetery, Lizton.

Sources: "Roscoe Leak." 1900 United States Federal Census. Accessed July 22, 2016. "Roscoe R. Leak." Indiana, Select Marriages Index, 1748-1993. Accessed July 22, 2016. "Roscoe Ryan Leak." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed July 22, 2016.


1.3 Cubic Feet (4 manuscript boxes)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. John Hess on 1965/10/24.


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in the Genealogy and Indiana Divisions, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

[Pam.] ISLG 929.2 M UNCAT. NO. 2: The Montgomery family

[Pam.] ISLG 977.201 H498 NO. 3 : Old cemetery dates, mostly to 1875 in Union township, Hendricks county, Indiana

ISLG 929.2 L435: Leak-Leach family history and allied families of Buzzard, Clark, Hamilton, Montgomery, Robertson, and Stricker

[Pam.] ISLG 977.201 H UNCAT. NO. 9 :Eight Hendricks County, Indiana cemeteries: Vieley, Cundiff, Bailey farm, Griffith, Groover, Pritchett, Leach, Montgomery Chapel

ISLO 286.6 NO. 2: History of the Christian church, Lizton, Indiana, A.D. 1837-1911

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 1969/10 by Harriet Reich and 2009/09 by Brent Abercrombie. EAD finding aid created 2016/07/22 by Edythe Huffman.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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