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Dorothy Dignam collection

 Collection — Folder: S0359
Identifier: S0359

Scope and Contents

This collection includes two items: a circular letter from Brevet Brigadier General Reuben Williams to members of the 12th Indiana Regimant on June 19, 1865 and a letter from an unknown woman to her son Fred on October 31, 1902 regarding famly news, health, and voting.


  • 1865, 1902


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

In the letter written by Ma to Fred, she mentions Frank’s eyes getting better and Laura going to write to him. Frank Dignam is in the 1880 census for Indianapolis. Frank was 30, his wife Annie was 25, and their children were: May, age 7, and Gertrude, age 4. Fred and Lydia Dignam lived in Streator, Illinois, in 1937. Apparently, an ancestor fought in the Civil War under Brevet Brigadier General Reuben Williams, who led the 12th Indiana Infantry after its first commander, Colonel William H. Link, was killed at the Battle of Richmond, Kentucky. The collection contains the published farewell remarks of General Williams, dated June 19, 1865, Indianapolis.


Information Found within Collection; accessed 2/27/2014; and Guide to Indiana Civil War Manuscripts by Ann Turner, Indiana Civil War Centennial Commission, 1965, page 32,


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Dorothy Dignam on 1974/12/02.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014 February by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid created 2014 February by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid revised 2018/05/02 by Brittany Kropf.
Dorothy Dignam 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.