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Ellen Graydon collection

 Collection — Folder: S0535
Identifier: S0535

Scope and Contents

This collection comprises correspondence and photocopies of typed documents, including speeches and programs, from Katharine Merrill Graydon and John H. Holliday in Indianapolis, Indiana ranging from 1914 to 1938, regarding Samuel Merrill, William A. Bell, Henry P. Coburn, Constance Fennimore Woolson, and Benjamin Harrison. A few notable items include a January 28, 1914 speech entitled "William A. Bell"; a 1924 document titled, "A Pioneer Tale: the Life of Samuel Merrill"; and an undated document called, "Benjamin Harrison: A Picture of General Harrison and His Home" by Katharine Merrill Graydon, as well as an address and dedication program from John H. Holliday for Henry P. Coburn School on November 24, 1916/11/24.


  • 1914-1938, undated


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

Ellen Douglas Graydon was born July 6, 1861 in Indiana to William M. and Mary Merrill Graydon, one of six children including her sister Katharine Merrill Graydon. Her parents were a pioneering Indianapolis family, her father, Samuel Merrill, having moved his family to Indianapolis, when the capitol was relocated from Corydon in 1824. Samuel Merrill was the Indiana state treasurer from 1822 to 1834 and founder of the Merrill Publishing Company, the forerunner of the Bobbs-Merrill Publishing Company.

Graydon attended Butler College at Indianapolis, Indiana and became a teacher in Indianapolis, retiring after 33 years. She was a member of the Fairview Presbyterian Church and the Clio Club. Graydon died March 24, 1949 and was buried in the Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis.


Information found within the collection. "Ellen Graydon." 1880 United States Federal Census. Accessed January 16, 2015.

"Ellen Douglas Graydon. Indianapolis Star , March 25, 1949.


0.02 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Ellen Graydon on 2015/01/16.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/01/18 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2015/01/18 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid revised 2022/04/25 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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