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Susan M. Ketcham papers

 Collection — Folder: S0773
Identifier: S0773

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a handwritten narrative by Susan M. Ketcham regarding her grandfather, Samuel Merrill, and her mother, Jane Merrill, circa March 15, 1925. Along with brief biographical information, Ketcham relates her mother's story about traveling with her father when he moved the state treasury from Corydon to Indianapolis and she also describes how Mr. Merrill traveled around the state as a bank examiner.


  • circa 1925/03/14

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

Susan Merrill Ketcham was born on June 28, 1841 at Indianapolis, Indiana to John L. and Jane Merrill Ketcham. She was the granddaughter of Samuel Merrill, Indiana's first state treasurer. She studied at the Indiana School of Art and was one of eighteen women who founded the Art Association of Indianapolis in 1883. She taught school and was a distinguished marine painter. She died at the age of 88 on February 1, 1930.

Sources: "Susan M. Ketcham." Indiana Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed December 29, 2016.

Krull, Theresa V. "Indiana Loses Gifted Woman in Death of Susan M. Ketcham." Indianapolis Star, February 9, 1930.

Newton, Judith Vale and Carol Ann Weiss. Skirting the Issue: Stories of Indiana's Historical Women Artists. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society Press, 2004.


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 donation from Susan M. Ketcham.


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:

V055: Jane Merrill Ketcham reminiscences

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2017/01/03 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2017/01/03 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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