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Gaskins family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S0505

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the papers of the Gaskin family of Ellettsville, Monroe County, Indiana. Included are letters from Anna Sage of Gosport, Indiana to her fiance and future husband, Tobe A. Gaskins, while he lived in Weldon, Illinois, Indianapolis and Ellettsville (1909-1910); family letters and postcards, a baby announcement, and letters from soldiers serving during World War I (1911-1926); documents about family land holdings in Monroe County (1879-1892); a pocket diary (1908-1932); and a ledger book (1918-1924) containing the constitution, minutes, and accounts of the Valley Exchange Telephone Company that was organized by the farmers of Washington, Bloomington, and Bean Blossom Townships in Monroe County.


  • 1864-1932


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

The Gaskins were a pioneering Indiana farm family. Charles Wesley Gaskins (1855-1942) was born in Monroe County, Indiana to Allen and Elizabeth (Denny) Gaskins. He married Mary Fulford (1861-1944) in 1877. Their son, Tobe (1889-1972), married Anna Sage (1890-1972) on September 11, 1910 and they had 3 children: Allen S. (1912-1961), Bernice (1916-1997), and Charles (1921-1945).

Sources: "Charles W. Gaskins.1900 United States Federal Census. Accessed October 25, 2016. "Charles Wesley Gaskins.Indiana Death Certificates. Accessed October 25, 2016. "Tobe A. Gaskins.Indiana Marriage Index, 1800-1941. Accessed October 25, 2016. "Tobe A. Gaskins." Find a Grave Index. Accessed October 27, 2016.


0.03 Cubic Feet (3 folders)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Bernice Gaskins on 1972/05/03.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/10/27 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2016/10/27 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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