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Noah Noble collection

Identifier: L118

Scope and Contents

The collection contains Noah Noble's personal and political correspondence regarding state and national Whig politics, as well as his campaign for governor of Indiana. Included are letters relating to the Internal Improvement Board, its projects, and correspondence pertaining to the state's debts arisen from such projects.

Correspondents include John Badollet, Samuel Bigger, Michael G. Bright, David Burr, Henry Clay, John Wesley Davis, John Dowling, George H. Dunn, Paris C. Dunning, Elisha Embree, John Ewing, John H. Farnham, Graham Fitch, George Graham, William Graham, William Hendricks, Samuel Judah, James F.D. Lanier, Robert Lucas, Jonathon McCarthy, Joseph G. Marshall, Samuel Merrill, James Noble, David Dale Owen, Robert Dale Owen, Samuel W. Parker, Daniel D. Pratt, Daniel G. Read, Caleb B. Smith, Oliver H. Smith, Milton Stapp, Jeremiah Sullivan, John Test, John Tipton, and Omer Tousey.

This collection also contains a scrapbook created by Jeanie Noble Whaley regarding the Noble family and its involvement in politics. Miscellaneous correspondence and clippings in regard to her childhood and young adult interests are also included.

Several photographs and tintypes of the Noble and Whaley families range from circa 1830 to 1900s.


  • 1816-1900s


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

Noah Noble (1794–1844) was a lawyer, farmer, and businessman in Brookville, Franklin County, Indiana. Noble served as a member of the Indiana House of Representatives, and later as the fifth governor of Indiana from 1831 to 1837. While as governor, Noble promoted improvements in infrastructure, championing major projects to create canals, roads, and railroads throughout the state. As a member of the Indiana Internal Improvements Board, from 1838 to 1841, Noble oversaw the construction of the Whitewater Canal, Wabash and Erie Canal, Madison and Indianapolis Railroad, and other major road projects.


3 Cubic Feet (6 manuscript boxes, 1 small manuscript box, 1 medium oversize box)

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This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Noah Noble collection, 1816-1844

Series 2: Noah Noble family history, circa 1830-1900s, undated

Series 3: Noah Noble microfilm, 1832-1842, undated

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Esther Noble Carter on 1931/11/03 and from Sigrid R. Whaley on 2013/10/16.


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

L122: Robert Dale Owen collection

L128: Daniel D. Pratt collection

L160: John Tipton collection

Processing Information

Collection processing completed July 2011 by Brent Abercrombie. Collection addition processing completed on 2015/01/08 by Bethany Fiechter. EAD finding aid created 2015/01/08 by Bethany Fiechter.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.