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Edward Eggleston papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S0410

Scope and Contents

This collection includes autographed, signed letters and postal envelopes from Leonard Woolsey Bacon, Henry Ward Beecher, James Bryce, Evelyn Craig, Rebecca Harding Davis, George Cary Eggleston, Edward Eggleston, Harry Fenn, Richard Watson Gilder, Washington Gladden, Edward Everett Hale, William Dean Howells, Samuel Pennybacker, Frederic Remington, James Whitcomb Riley, Charles Dudley Warner and Frances E. Willard in various locations in the United States ranging from 1868 to 1960 regarding writing, family matters, illustration of books, etc.


  • 1868-1960, 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

Edward Eggleston was born to Joseph Cary and Mary Jane (Craig) Eggleston, in Vevay, Indiana on December 10, 1837, one of four children. His father died in 1846, and his mother married Williamson Terrell (a Methodist minister) on December 25, 1850. His formal schooling ended at the Amelia Academy in Virginia, due to ill health, which plagued him throughout his life. He served as a Bible agent and pastor in Indiana and Minnesota, from 1856 though 1866, in the Methodist church. He then became an editor and freelance writer in Illinois, including editing the Little Corporal of Chicago and the Sunday School Teacher (renamed the National Sunday School Teacher). In 1870 he moved to New York and worked for the Independent, Hearth and Home (with his brother, George Cary Eggleston) and Scribner's Monthly. He wrote a number of books of fiction and history, including the well known "The Hoosier Schoolmaster". He was pastor of the Church of Christian Endeavor in Brooklyn, New York from 1874-1879. He was often referred to as Dr. Edward Eggleston.

He married his first wife, Elizabeth [Lizzie] Snyder [Snider] at St. Peter or Nicollet, Minnesota, on March 18, 1858; they had three children and she died in 1889. He married his second wife, Frances E. Goode, on September 14, 1891 in Jefferson County, Indiana.

He died on September 2, 1902 and is buried in Owl's Nest Cemetery at the family estate in Lake George, New York.

"Eggleston, Edward." 1870 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2013/12/01.

"Eggleston, Edward." Find a Grave Memorial. Retrieved 2014/12/02.

“Eggleston, Edward”. (1949) In Indiana Authors and their books, 1816-1916: biographical sketches of authors who published during the first century of Indiana statehood, with lists of their books. (pp. 96-98). Crawfordsville, IN: Wabash College. Print. ISLI 16.810 B291I

"Eggleston, Edward." Indiana Biography Series, v.10, p. 39.

"Eggleston, Edward." Indiana, Marriage Collection, 1800-1941. Retrieved 2014/12/02.

"Eggleston, Edward." Indianapolis News 03 Sept. 1902: 1. Print.

"Eggleston, Edward." Minnesota, Marriages Index, 1849-1950. Retrieved 2014/12/02.


0.02 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Evelyn Craig, on 1960/09/13 and Blanche G. Griffin on 1940/05/28.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/12/02 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2014/12/02 by Edythe Huffman.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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