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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. Masters married Ola A. Hubbard on December 31, 1897, with whom he had a son, Howard Hubbard Masters. In 1900, he and R. D. Templeton became business partners, and Masters bought him out later, operating independently.

He spent a number of years in the hardware, farm machinery and wagon and buggy business in a two-story building, erected in 1914. On August 23, 1923, Masters 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. Masters died May 9, 1954 and was buried in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville.


Information found within the collection. "Frank Smith Masters." 1880 United States Federal Census. Accessed October 21, 2015. "Frank Smith Masters." 1900 United States Federal Census. Accessed October 21, "Masters, Frank Smith." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed October 21,

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


3.5 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box, 30 volumes)

Language of Materials



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.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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