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Kinzer family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S0784

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photocopies of Jacob Kinzer's pocket diary from 1865, a journal written by Jacob or William Kinzer during a trip west in 1869, and a pocket diary from 1870. Also included are photocopies of Jacob Kinzer's draft notice, dated November 16, 1864, and a house rental agreement between Jacob Kinzer and William Ballard, dated March 15, 1865.


  • 1864-1970


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

Jacob Kinzer was born March 31, 1837 in Hamilton County, Indiana to John and Ruth Kinzer. He married Hannah Ballard (1851-1901) on October 15, 1879 and they had five children: Wiley (1877-1878), Irvin (1878-1954), Everett (1881-1965), Alma (1883-1968) Curtis (1891-1971). He died on January 7, 1916.

William Kinzer was born on May 27, 1832 in Hamilton County, Indiana to John and Ruth Kinzer. He married Maria Mendenhall (1839-1866) on May 10, 1863 and they had one son. After the death of Maria, William married Nancy Moon (1839-1911) in 1872 and they had three children: Albert (1873-1940), John (1875-1959), and Jennie (1889-1898). He died on March 3, 1914.


"Aged Citizen Died Tuesday." Noblesville (Ind.) Daily Ledger. March 3, 1914. "Kinzer, Jacob." Find a Grave Index. Accessed December 9, 2015. "Kinzer, William." Find a Grave Index. Accessed December 9, 2015.

"Jacob Kinzer, Old Settler, Passed Away." Noblesville (Ind.) Daily Ledger. January 8, 1916.


0.02 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Albert Kinzer.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/12/14 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2015/12/14 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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