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Samuel Merrill collection

Identifier: L106

Scope and Contents

The collection consists principally of Merrill’s Civil War papers, including his letters to his wife and sister in Indianapolis from Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and South Carolina (1862-1865). Also included are his war diary (1863), orders, clothing and equipment records, as well as other official military papers (1862-1865). The collection also contains business papers of Merrill and his family (1850-circa 1900), including papers of his father, essays on Indiana’s state capitals, and the early schools of Indianapolis. Also of note, the collection includes an 1898 oration by James Cooley Fletcher in memory of William Carter White.


  • 1850-1924


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

Samuel Merrill was the son of Indianapolis banker and bookseller Samuel Merrill (1792-1855). The younger Merrill was an Indianapolis publisher and bookseller with the firm Bowen-Merrill (1852-circa 1890). Merrill served as captain and lieutenant colonel for the 70th Indiana Regiment, serving under Benjamin Harrison (1862-1865), as well as consul general at Calcutta, India (1889-1893).


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)


This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation by Susan M. Ketcham on 1925/03/14 and Anna Merrill Foster on 1937/09/24.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

OB151: Samuel Merrill letters, 1864/12/15, 1864/12/24

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Brent Abercrombie during February 2011.
Samuel Merrill collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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