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John Hart papers

 Collection — Folder: S605
Identifier: S0605

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photocopies of the personal papers and letters of John Hart, William Hart and other family members, ranging from 1848 to 1935. Some of the photocopied items are illegible.


  • 1848-1935


Language of Materials

Materials in English and German.

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

John Hart was born on March 1, 1811 in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany. He married Barbara Eichhorn and immigrated to the United States in May, 1846. In Germany, Mr. Hart spelled his name Johannes Herd, but starting using John Hart sometime after arriving in the U.S. and moving to Indiana. He and his wife, Barbara, had eight children that lived to adulthood: John, Katherine (or Catherine) , Apolonia, Margaret, William, Phillip, Alexander, and Joseph. Hart died on November 4, 1872.

John Hart's son William (W.R.), was born in Lafayette, Indiana on December 25, 1851. He married Martha Belle Upp in April 1878 and had four children that lived to adulthood. William Hart moved to Boswell, Indiana and lived there for 40 years and died on November 23, 1935.


“Hart, John.” 1960 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2015/07/13.

“Hart, John.” 1970 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2015/07/13.

"Hart, John." Find a Grave Memorial # 40118027. Retrieved 2015/07/13.

“Hart, William Rochester.” The Boswell Enterpise, 6 December 1935, p.1. Print.

"Hart, William R." Find a Grave Memorial # 13752091. Retrieved 2015/07/13.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)


This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. Clarence Edgeman on 1968/10.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/07/13 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2015/07/13 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.