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Abram W. Hendricks papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S0634

Scope and Contents

The collection includes Abram Hendricks’ correspondence on Indiana politics (1859-1870); minutes of the Indianapolis Committee of Safety during the 1877 railroad strike; letters of Heinrich Schliemann to Hendricks and Hord regarding his property in Indianapolis (1870-1871); Hendricks’ receipts and invoices for personal expenses, particularly clothing, in Madison (1851-1866); a chart of the organization of the Union Army at Vicksburg (1863); papers of the Indianapolis Insurance Company (1868); and Allan Hendricks’ recollections of the Indianapolis Portfolio Club (1939).

There is also an oversize folder containing a policy and indenture, 1831-1834 (OBC069).

Correspondents include Conrad Baker, William M. Dunn, Walter Q. Gresham, Winslow S. Pierce, Albert Gallatin Porter, and Heinrich Schliemann. Most only have one letter in the collection. The collection is organized chronologically


  • 1816-1939


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

Abram W. Hendricks was born on October 12, 1822, in Ligonier, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. He attended college in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, and Transylvania University's law school in Lexington, Kentucky (1845). Hendricks moved to Madison, Indiana, in 1838 where he practiced law from 1847 to 1866. Hendricks then moved to Indianapolis, Indiana where he continued to practice law until his death. He was a partner in the Indianapolis law firm of Hendricks, Hord, and Hendricks. The other Hendricks in the firm was his cousin, Thomas A. Hendricks. Abram Hendricks represented Jefferson County in the Indiana House of Representatives in 1853, but lost a bid for judge on the Indiana Supreme Court in 1858. He served as a major in the U.S. Army, Quartermaster’s Department during the Civil War. Hendricks was organizer and governor of the Indianapolis Board of Trade. During the Indianapolis railroad strike of 1877, he was secretary of the Committee of Safety. Hendricks died on November 25, 1887, in Indianapolis.

His son, Allan Hendricks, was born on September 24, 1864, in Madison, Indiana. Allan Hendricks also practiced law in Indianapolis and was a very active community member, serving on a number of boards. He died on January 4, 1949.


Pictorial and Biographical Memoirs of Indianapolis and Marion County, Indiana. Chicago: Goodspeed Brothers, Publishers, 1893.

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.


0.08 Cubic Feet (2 folders, 1 oversize folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Allan Hendricks in 1937 and 1938.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2005/12 by Christina Baich. EAD finding aid created 2005/12 by Christina Baich. EAD finding aid revised 2015/11/06 by Brittany Kropf; 2021/10/20 by Lauren Patton.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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