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James Longwith Sowers papers

 Collection — Folder: S732
Identifier: S0732

Scope and Contents

This collection includes an autographed, signed letter from James Longwith Sowers in Muncie, Indiana regarding his booklet.


  • circa 1897-1974


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

James Longwith Sowers was born on July 24, 1897 in Portland, Indiana to Thomas M. and Rebecca Jane Longwith Sowers. He was their third child. He lived in Union City, Indiana as a child, then moved to Muncie, Indiana where he attended normal school and served in the U.S. Army. He later went into business with his brother, became part owner of a manufacturing plant in Muncie and was involved with the White River Publishing Company, also in Muncie, including advertising and publishing. Sowers and his wife Madeleine H. Sowers married around 1924 and had at least one child, Rebecca A., born in 1930. He published one book of poetry, "White River, an Apologue of Indiana", in 1928.

He died in Kettering, Ohio on Oct. 4, 1986 and is buried in Lawndale Cemetery, Deerfield, Indiana with Madeleine, who died in 1974.

Information found within the collection.

"Sowers, James". Find a Grave Memorial. Retrieved 2015/09/09.

"Sowers, James". U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014. Retrieved 2015/09/09.

"Sowers, James L.". 1930 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2015/09/09.

"Sowers, James L.". Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1932, 1938-2007. Retrieved 2015/09/09.

"Sowers, James Longwith". (1981). In Indiana Authors and Their Books, 1967-1980. (pp. 364-365). Crawfordsville, IN: Wabash College. Print. ISLI 16.810 B291I SUPP. 1967-80

"Sowers, James Longwith". Indiana Biography Index Before 1990. Retrieved 2015/09/09.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a transfer from the Director's Office.


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in the Indiana Division, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

ILSO 811 no.7: White River: An Apologue of Indiana, 1928

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2005/04 by Jennifer Duplaga]. EAD finding aid created 2015/09/09 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.