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Addison C. Harris papers

 Collection — Folder: S0596
Identifier: S0596

Scope and Contents

The collection contains three items ranging from 1880 to 1894, including a manuscript of Addison C. Harris’ account of the Quakers in the community where he was raised. He talks about their prosperity and his experiences attending the Quaker Meeting House and the Quaker school. He proceeds to discuss the founding and early history of the Quaker Church as well as Quaker beliefs. Also included are a pamphlet titled “Indiana” that also includes a map of the state and a memorandum brief submitted by Harris to the United States Circuit Court in the case of The Citizens’ Street Railroad Company vs. The City Railway Company.


  • 1880-1894


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

Addison Clay Harris was born on October 1, 1840, in Wayne County, Indiana. His parents were Branson Lewis and Martha (Young) Harris. Harris attended the Quaker schools near his home. In 1862, he graduated from Northwestern Christian (Butler) University. He immediately began studying law in the office of Barbour & Howland and later with Samuel E. Perkins. In 1865, Harris was admitted to bar and began a law partnership with John T. Dye, with whom he practiced for seventeen years. After his partnership with Dye dissolved, Harris practiced alone. On May 14, 1868, he married Indiana “India” Crago.

From 1876 to 1880, Harris was a member of the Indiana State Senate. President McKinley named him minister to Austria-Hungary in 1899. Harris held this post for three years before resigning to return to private practice. Additionally, he served as president of several organizations including the Indiana Law School (1899-1904), the Indiana Bar Association (1904-1905), and Purdue University’s Board of Trustees (1909-1916). Harris is also the author of Modern Views of Compensation for Personal Injuries (1909). He died on September 2, 1916, in Indianapolis, Indiana.


Monks, Leander J. Courts and Lawyers of Indiana, Vol. III. 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)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. Addison C. Harris on 1939/10/26.


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 2015/11/06 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.