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Mary Lord Harrison papers

 Collection — Folder: S0599
Identifier: S0599

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence from Mary Lord Harrison, predominantly from New York City, ranging from 1901 to 1947. Also included are a news clipping of Mrs. Harrison's obituary from the St. Louis Globe-Democrat (1948/01/06) and a photograph of the old Harrison homestead (undated).


  • 1901-1947


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

Mary Scott Lord Dimmick Harrison (1858-1948) was the daughter of Russell F. Lord (1802-1867) and Elizabeth Mayhew Scott (1828-1889). She was twice married. On October 22, 1881, Mary married Walter Dimmick, though the marriage did not last long as Mr. Dimmick died suddenly on January 14,1882 less than a year after their marriage.

Mary Lord Dimmick was the niece of Caroline Scott Harrison and spent time visiting the Harrison family at the White House in Washington, D.C. where she served as assistant to her aunt, the First Lady. Following Caroline Harrison’s death in 1892, Mary and Caroline's widowed husband, Benjamin Harrison, corresponded frequently and became very close. Mary Lord Dimmick married the former U.S. president on April 6, 1896 at the age of 37; he was 62. The couple settled in Indianapolis, Indiana and had one daughter, Elizabeth, born February 21, 1897. Benjamin Harrison died on March 13, 1901 and Mary continued to lived in Indianapolis, Indiana at the Benjamin Harrison home on Delaware Street until 1913. Mary Lord Harrison died from asthma on January 5, 1948, in New York City and was buried at the Harrison family plot in Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana.


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 purchase from Cyril Clemens on 1963/03/27. The Fairbanks letter dated September 6, 1901 was purchased from Kingston Galleries on 1967/03/21 and the April 7, 1937 letter was donated by Jack Krasner on 1969/10/29.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2013/09/05 by Brent Abercrombie. EAD finding aid created 2013/09/05 by Brent Abercrombie. EAD finding aid revised 2016/12/27 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.