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Maurice S. Lafuze papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S0796

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photocopies of manuscripts compiled and written by Maurice S. Lafuze ranging from 1952 to 1973. His manuscripts, "Whitewater Presbytery: A Brief History" (1952) and "Early Presbyterianism in Southeastern Indiana" (1967), include historical information of the presbytery and churches, biographical information of church pastors, lists of members, photographs, and a map with locations and founding dates of early Presbyterian churches. Lafuze compiled a sixty-one page history of the family of Samuel Lafuze (1972) and the forward to this genealogy record includes a photograph of the author. Along with his brother, Harold Lafuze, he also created the manuscript, "Union County Farm Homes: Scenes, Side-Lights, and Chit-Chat" that relates information and photographs about farm homes and bridges in Union County from 1804 to 1973 (circa 1973). Also included is an index for the Samuel Lafuze family history that was compiled in 1974 by Mrs. Marion Lafuze Brazes and her daughters. Please note that all photographs in collection are photocopies (except the photograph of the author) and many are faint and hard to make out.


  • 1952-1974


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights resides with the creators of the documents or their legal heirs and assigns. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Maurice S. Lafuze was born December 21, 1894 in Union County, Indiana to Oliver and Luena Lafuze. A lifelong resident of Union County, he was a 1917 graduate of Purdue University and a World War I veteran. Lafuze married Marjorie Beall on April 27, 1921 and they had two children. As a member of the United Presbyterian Church, he taught Sunday School for 50 years and was an active member of the choir. Lafuze was known as the "unofficial Union County historian" and compiled and wrote several manuscripts about the history of the county. Lafuze died at the age of 80 on March 6, 1975.

Sources: "Maurice S. Lafuze." Indiana Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed February 27, 2017. "Maurice Swain Lafuze." Indiana Marriages, 1810-2001. Accessed February 27, 2017.

"Maurice Lafuze." Connersville News-Examiner (IN), March 6, 1975.


0.04 Cubic Feet (4 folders)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Maurice S. Lafuze on 1974/05/16.


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

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

ISLG 929.2 L171L: Lafuze Genealogy

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2017/02/28 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2017/02/28 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid revised 2022/08/16 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.