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Frank S. Masters papers

Identifier: L102

Scope and Contents

This collection includes papers and ledgers from Frank S. Master's various businesses in Brookville, Indiana ranging from 1898 to 1952 regarding hardware and farm implement businesses, insurance and farm accounts and bank examinations.


  • circa 1900-1952


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

Frank Smith Masters was born to Jacob H. and Maria Louisa (Smith) Masters on May 5, 1872 in Brookville, Indiana and was one of five children. He worked in a furniture factory in Brookville for two years and, at the age of 21, became a farm implements salesman, later becoming an agent for the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company. He married Ola A. Hubbard on Dec. 31, 1897, with whom he had a son, Howard Hubbard Masters. In 1900, he and R. D. Templeton became business partners, and Frank bought him out later, operating independently.

He spent a number of years in the hardware, farm machinery and wagon and buggy business in a 2 story building, erected in 1914. On Aug. 23, 1923, he organized the White Water Valley National Farm Loan Association of Brookville, for which he served as the Secretary - Treasurer and general manager for many years. He owned two farms, one in Franklin County and one in Wayne County, Indiana. He died May 9, 1954 and is buried in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville.

Information found within the collection.

"Masters, Frank Smith". 1880 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2015/10/21.

"Masters, Frank Smith". 1900 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2015/10/21.

"Masters, Frank Smith". Find a Grave Memorial. Retrieved 2015/10/21.

"Masters, Frank Smith". Indiana Biography Index. Retrieved 2015/10/21.

"Masters, Frank S(mith)". Indiana State Library Clipping File, Biography. July 8, 1944. Print.


3.5 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box, 30 volumes)


This collection is arranged by subject, chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Howard Masters on 1966/12/05.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 1998 by Andrea Bean Hough. EAD finding aid created 2015/10/26 by Edythe Huffman.
Frank S. Masters papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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