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Cornelius H. Menger collection

Identifier: L105

Scope and Contents

The collection primarily consists of correspondence to Jean Hornstein Menger from her husband Cornelius H. Menger. The letters date from when Cornelius served as captain in World War 1, and continue through after his time in the armed service (1917 to 1940). Letters from Menger originate from France, New York City, Boston, Washington D.C., Birmingham, Cleveland, Columbus, Pensacola, Omaha, and Indianapolis. Also included are letters to Mrs. Menger, then Jean Hornstein, from other World War I soldiers.


  • 1899-1957


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

Cornelius H. Menger served as a caption in France during World War 1 (1917–1919). Following the war, Menger returned to the U.S., where he worked in the ordinance department, stationed in Louisiana, Massachusetts, and Alabama (1919–1928). In 1920, Menger married Jean Hornstein, whom he met before the war while working in New York City. In 1929, Menger took up employment with the Alabama Power Company (circa 1929–1932), while continuing to serve as an officer in the Army Reserve, stationed at Fort Sheridan, Illinois and Fort Knox, Kentucky. After his time with the Alabama Power Company, Menger worked with the National Park Service and later with the International Harvester in Indianapolis (1936–1939).


1 Cubic Feet (3 manuscript boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Jean Menger.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Brent Abercrombie during June 2011.
Cornlius H. Menger collection
Under Revision
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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