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Ellen Graydon papers

 Collection — Folder: S535
Identifier: S0535

Scope and Contents

This collection includes autographed and signed letters and printed, typed and photocopies of typed documents 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.


  • 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 the granddaughter of Samuel Merrill, the Indiana state treasurer from 1822-1834 and founder of the Merrill Publishing Company, the forerunner of the Bobbs-Merrill Publishing Company.

Ellen was born July 6, 1861 in Indiana to William M. and Mary Merrill Graydon, one of six children including her sister Katharine [Katherine] Merrill Graydon. Her parents were of pioneering Indianapolis families, her father, Samuel Merrill, having moved his family to Indianapolis, when the capitol was relocated from Corydon in 1824.

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

Information found within the collection.

"Graydon, Ellen". 1880 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2015/01/16.

"Graydon, Ellen Douglas". Indianapolis Star 25 Mar. 1949:29. Print.


0.02 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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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.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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