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Alvin F. Harlow letter

 Collection — Folder: S0591
Identifier: S0591

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a letter from Alvin F. Harlow to Miss Nellie Coats, a librarian who worked at the Indiana State Library, on February 6, 1951. His letter mentions Cincinnati artist, Laura Fry, who did wood carving, china painting, and furniture design. He comments on the mission furniture fad and the "monstrosities" of the furniture styles of that time period and included a February 2, 1951 news clipping titled, "California Antiques Held Mostly 'Junky'" that quotes a art expert saying that Californians should collect Mission antiques. Mr. Harlow closed his letter by noting he had fond memories of his time living in Indianapolis after graduating from Franklin College in 1899.


  • 1951/02

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

Alvin Fay Harlow was born on March 10, 1875 at Sedalia, Missouri to John and Annie Harlow. A 1899 graduate of Franklin College (Franklin, Indiana), he became a well-known author of biographies and historical writings. He died at his home in the Bronx, N.Y. on November 17, 1963.


"Alvin Harlow, Author, Dies." The Franklin Evening Star (Franklin, Indiana), November 21, 1963, 1. "Alvin Fay Harlow." Find a Grave Index. Accessed December 5, 2016.

"Noted Franklin Graduate Alvin Harlow dies at 87." The Franklin Evening Star (Franklin, Indiana), November 21, 1963, 2.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a records transfer from the Indiana State Library correspondence files.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/12/06 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2016/12/06 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.