Scope and Contents
This collection includes autographed and signed correspondence, newspaper advertising, newspaper articles, photographs, invoices, and award ribbons from various sources in Indiana and elsewhere ranging from 1838-1913 regarding the Munson Lightning Rod, advertising, the Munson family and business accounts.
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.
David R. Munson was born in New Jersey in 1820 [1828?]. He was married to Isabella Ralston Johnston in Marion, Indiana on Feb. 6, 1849, shortly after he moved to Indiana. They had four sons; William G., David R., Alvin J. and Samuel A. He invented the Munson lightning conductor (an improvement over Benjamin Franklin's original lightning rod), patenting more than 100 different rods and fixtures, and founded the Munson Lightning Conductor Company in 1850 in Indianapolis, Indiana. At one time the company was located at 220 E. Washington St. Munson died at the age of 87 after a fall during the installation of a lightning rod in Curtisville, Indiana. He is buried next to his wife, who died in 1901, in the Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis.
Information found within the collection.
"Inventor Munson dead". Indianapolis Sun 04 April 1907:10. Retrieved 2015/12/31. http://access.newspaperarchive.com.us.indiana/indianapolis/indianapolis-sun/1907/04-04/page10
"Munson, David". 1880 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2015/12/31. http://search.ancestrylibrary.com
"Munson, David". Find a Grave Memorial. Retrieved 2015/12/31. http://www.findagrave.com
"Munson, David". Indiana, Index to Select Marriages, 1780-1992. Retrieved 2015/12/31. http://search.ancestrylibrary.com
"Munson, Isabella Ralston". Find a Grave Memorial. Retrieved 2015/12/31. http://www.findagrave.com
0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)