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George W. Grubbs letters

 Collection — Folder: S0553
Identifier: S0553

Scope and Contents

The collection contains letters written by George W. Grubbs to his family, ranging from 1863 to 1865, while serving in the U.S. Civil War. He talks about his family as well as his experiences in the war.


  • 1863-1865


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

George Washington Grubbs was born on September 26, 1841, in Franklin. Indiana. After graduating from Franklin College in 1861, he became principal of Franklin Academy. During the Civil War, Grubbs served in the 70th Indiana Volunteers, as assistant adjutant-general of the 1st Brigade of the 3rd Division of the 20th Army Corps, and as major of the 42nd Colored Infantry. Grubbs attended Central Law School (Indianapolis) after leaving the army in 1866. He graduated in 1868 and began practicing law in Martinsville, Indiana. In 1872, he married Mary Viola Griggs with whom he had four children.

Grubbs also held a number of public offices including State Representative (1877- 1879); State Senator (1879-1883); and judge of the 15th circuit (1888-1900). He ran for U.S. Representative on the Republican ticket in 1880, but was defeated. Grubbs died on January 25, 1924.


Monks, Leander J. Courts and Lawyers of Indiana, Vol. 3. Indianapolis: Federal Publishing Co., 1916.

Shepherd, Rebecca A., Charles W. Calhoun, Elizabeth Shanahan-Shoemaker, and Alan F. January, comp. A Biographical Directory of the Indiana General Assembly, Vol. 1, 1816-1899. Indianapolis: The Select Committee on the Centennial History of the Indiana General Assembly, 1980.


0.01 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 Bonnie C. Cline on 1930/10/20.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2006/04 by Christina Baich. EAD finding aid created 2006/04 by Christina Baich. EAD finding aid revised 2015/11/04 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.