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Winfield Taylor Durbin collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S0393

Scope and Contents

This collection includes an enlistment certificate, correspondence, a family history, and a biography from Winfield Taylor Durbin in Indianapolis, Indiana ranging from 1899 to 1954.

The oldest document in this collection is an 1899 certificate regarding the enlistment of Winfield T. Durbin as colonel of the 161st Indiana Volunteer Regiment on June 18, 1898 to serve for two years during the war.

On April 11, 1903, Governor Durbin wrote to a colonel about the dedication of Indiana monuments at the Shiloh battlefield.

Two lists, one handwritten and one typed, give Durbin family members with dates, beginning with number 50 through 161. On this list, Governor Durbin is number 98. A two-page narrative written in pencil tells about number 90, Edmund Nunn Durbin (1831-1852) being killed when the boiler of the steamboat Red Stone exploded on April 3, 1852 at Scotts Landing, one mile from Carlton, Kentucky.

A two-page typed narrative gives the story of William N. Durbin, born 1859, nephew of Winfield Taylor Durbin, who lived in Anderson, Indiana. A 14-page typed transcript tells about Winfield Taylor Durbin's family history.

The last part of this collection is in an envelope entitled "Warren T. McCray $10,000.00 Note." Eight items in this envelope explain the significance of this Gold Note issued on July 1, 1925, while Warren McCray was governor of Indiana, and for which he apparently went to prison (see Fletcher Durbin's letter to Harold Brigham dated December 13, 1954 enclosed therein).

There is also a Governor of Indiana appointment certificate signed by Winfield Taylor Durbin on January 14, 1901 (B046).


  • 1899-1954

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

Winfield Taylor Durbin was governor of Indiana from 1901 to 1905. His son was Fletcher M. Durbin, who was living in Chicago in 1932.


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 a donation from Fletcher M. Durbin on 1954/11/18.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed 2014/05/22 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid revised 2021/08 by Lauren Patton.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.