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John H. Holliday papers

 Collection — Folder: S0670
Identifier: S0670

Scope and Contents

This collection includes autographed, signed letters, official documents and telegrams from Gov. Joseph A. Wright, Gov. Oliver P. Morton, Alexander Ramsey, William Henry Harrison Terrell, Richard Thompson, Mayor John Caven, John Coburn, J. P. Dunn and Ebenezer Dumont in Indianapolis, Indiana, excerpts from the Western Sun, and officials of the United States War Department ranging from 1850 to 1880 and undated regarding Indiana and Civil War soldiers and payments and other related business.


  • 1850-1922

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 Hampden Holliday was born on May 31, 1846 to the Rev. William A. and Lucia Shaw Holliday in Indianapolis, Indiana, the fourth of five children. He attended North Western Christian University (now Butler University) and earned an A.B. from Hanover College in 1864. He served in the 100-day 137th Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War. He earned an A.M. degree from Hanover College in 1867. He was a journalist and in 1869, he founded the Indianapolis News. He married Evaline in 1876 and they had six children. In 1892, he retired from the newspaper due to ill health. Within a few months, he regained his health and founded the Union Trust Company, becoming its first president. He founded the Indianapolis Press in 1899, which was consolidated with the Indianapolis News in 1901. He resumed his position as president of the Union Trust in 1901, holding that position until 1916, when he became the chairman of the board of directors. He served as director of numerous financial and industrial corporations, was on the board of a number of charitable organizations and belonged to many organizations, including the Grand Army of the Republic and Phi Beta Kappa. He was the first president of the Society of Indiana Pioneers (his grandfather having been Samuel Holliday, an Indiana Territory pioneer) and was active in the Indiana Historical Society, which published his book, Indianapolis and the Civil War in 1911. He was awarded an honorary LL.D. by Wabash College in 1916. He and Evaline donated their estate to the City of Indianapolis, which became Holliday Park in 1929, after her death. He died on October 21, 1921. A number of streets in the northwest section of Indianapolis are named for him.

"Groome, Richard G.". (1994). Holliday, John Hampden. In The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. (pp. 700-1). Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. ISLI 977.201 M341Ien

"Holliday, John H.". 1850 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2014/06/04.

"Holliday, John H.". 1900 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2014/06/04.

"Holliday, John H.". Find a Grave Memorial. Retrieved 2014/06/04.


0.02 Cubic Feet (1 folder, 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 John H. Holliday's estate in 1922.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

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

OBC224: John H. Holliday oversize papers

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/06/04 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2014/06/04 by Edythe Huffman.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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