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Isaac Crawford collection

 Collection — Folder: S0316
Identifier: S0316

Scope and Contents

The collection is photostatic copies of Isaac Crawford’s handwritten journal, which means the pages are black with white lettering. The penmanship is very good and easy to read. The first folder has his diary from January 1, 1836 to January 30, 1843, consisting of 164 pages. There are two journal pages on each sheet.

He wrote about church meetings, religious services, people that he met, and places where he went.

The second folder has copies of his diary (39 pages) beginning October 1, 1847, and ending October 29, 1849. In his last entry, he wrote about people having smallpox and cholera, and his wife Mary and children all being well. He wrote that David married Elizabeth Foner at Shelbyville. Also in folder two is a two-page list of men (probably Methodist ministers) by districts with year and town. The districts were: Indianapolis, Greensburg, Connersville, Lawrenceburg, Madison, Jeffersonville, Northern Indiana, and Southern Indiana.


  • 1836-1849

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

Born in Salem, Washington County, New York, in 1810, Isaac Crawford had five brothers. Their parents were strict Scotch-Irish Presbyterians, but four of their sons became Methodist preachers. Isaac received his education at Carman, New York, and was licensed to preach in 1834. He came to Indiana in 1835. In 1838, he moved to Johnson County, Indiana, and the next year married Mary St. John. He was appointed first to the Mooresville Circuit, and then to the Putnamville Circuit, as a Methodist minister. Isaac and Mary lived in Greencastle. He traveled with the bishop to help raise funds for the establishment of Greencastle College. He earned $100 per year as a Methodist minister. Isaac died at the age of 39 and was buried in Salem, Washington County, Indiana, in November 1849.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is chronologically by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation on 1929/11/04.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Nikki Stoddard Schofield during August 2013. EAD finding aid completed by Bethany Fiechter on 2018/05/11.
Isaac Crawford 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.