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Josiah K. Lilly, Jr. letters

 Collection — Folder: S836
Identifier: S0836

Scope and Contents

This collection includes two letters written by Randolph G. Adams of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Josiah K. Lilly, Jr. of Indianapolis, Indiana, from February 1942, regarding two Indiana 1841 checks signed by Allen Hamilton, president of the Fort Wayne branches of the Indiana State Bank and the Allen Hamilton National Bank. Hamilton was elected to the Indiana Senate in 1859, serving one term.


  • 1942


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/Historical Note/Administrative History

Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr. (1893-1966) was born to Josiah Kirby and Lilly Rigley Lilly in Indianapolis, Indiana. He attended the University of Michigan, graduating in 1914. He married Ruth Marie Brinkmeyer on October 15, 1914, and had two children, Josiah Kirby III and Ruth (Mrs. Guernsey Van Riper, Jr.). He served as director (1914-1917), vice president (1923-1944), executive vice president (1944-1948), and president (1948-1953) of Eli Lilly and Company. He also served as president of the Lilly Endowment, beginning in 1948.

Randolph Greenfield Adams (1892 –1951), notable American librarian and historian, served as director of the William L. Clements Library, at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, for 28 years. Adams was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to John Stokes and Heloise (Root) Adams. In 1917, he married Helen Newbold Spiller, and in 1920 became a Carnegie Fellow in international law, earning his Ph.D. in history. In 1923 Adams was interviewed by William L. Clements for the director of the new library he was founding, the William L. Clements Library, a rare book and manuscript repository at the University of Michigan. Though he had no background or training as a librarian, his extensive historical scholarship and personal background in rare books helped him earn the post until his death in 1951.


University of Michigan. "History of the William L. Clements Library." Accessed Augsut 27, 2015.

Kaser, David. "Adams, Randolph Greenfield". In Dictionary of American Library Biography, ed. Bohdan S. Wynar, George S. Bobinski, and Jesse Hauk Shera. (Littleton, CO: Libraries Unlimited, 1978), 2–3. Accessed August 27, 2015.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Josiah K. Lilly, Jr., on Febrary 20, 1942.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/08/27 by Linda Gellert. EAD finding aid created 2015/08/27 by Linda Gellert.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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