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Nathaniel Preston papers

Identifier: L129

Scope and Contents

This collection includes typed and signed and autographed and signed correspondence from Nathaniel Preston in the United States; business account books, teachers records, copy books and diaries from Nathaniel Preston; and naval account books, a diary and correspondence from William M. Preston, all ranging from 1821 to 1918 regarding banking, personal and navy business.


  • 1821-1918


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

Nathaniel Preston was born on April 11, 1809 in Brookfield, Vermont to Charles and Sarah (Flint) Preston. He was one of at least nine children. Preston taught in Licking County, Ohio from 1831 to 1834, then at Vincennes, Indiana from 1835 to 1836, finally moving to Terre Haute, Indiana in 1836, teaching there from 1836 to 1837. From 1837 to 1842, he clerked at the State Bank of Indiana in Terre Haute and was cashier from 1842 to 1849.

Preston married Charlotte Wood on May 19, 1843 in Vigo County, Indiana, and they had four children: William, Margaret, Nathaniel and John. He farmed from 1850 to 1871. Preston died in November of 1871 and is buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Terre Haute.


Information found within the collection.

"House built 100 years ago stands as pioneer landmark in Terre Haute." Indianapolis Star, April 10, 1932, 1: 16. "Nathaniel Preston." Accessed January 11, 2015. "Nathaniel Preston." 1860 United States Federal Census. Accessed January 11, 2015. "Nathaniel Preston." Indiana Marriages to 1850. Accessed January 11, 2015. "Nathaniel Preston." Vermont, Vital Records, 1720-1908. Accessed January 11, 2015. "Nathaniel Preston." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed January 11, 2015.


2.6 Cubic Feet (2 manuscript boxes, 1 cubic foot box, 1 medium oversize box)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. E.V. Smith on 1981/10/17.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/01/13 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2015/01/13 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.