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Frank Carleton Nelson correspondence

 Collection — Folder: S844
Identifier: S0844

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a typed, signed letter from Frank Carleton Nelson in Auburn, Indiana on 1927/08/17 regarding the publication of his most recent book of poetry.


  • 1927/08/19


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

Franklin Carleton Nelson was born in DeKalb County, Indiana on Dec. 12, 1878 to Lorenzo D. and Alvina Keeran Nelson. He was the 2nd of four sons, including Arthur J., William Raymond and Stanley P. He taught school in De Kalb County for three years. He married Marie Lois Weamer on Oct. 5, 1904 in DeKalb County and they had one child, Josephine.

He worked as a traveling salesman and wrote several books of poetry (often using dialect) and prose. He also read his poetry over radio stations in Chicago and became known as Indiana's Radio Poet. He died July 6, 1941.

"Nelson, Frank". 1900 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2015/08/28.

"Nelson, Frank Carleton". (1931). Indiana, one hundred fifty years of American development. v. 3 (p. 313). Chicago, IL: Lewis Publishing Company. Print. ISLI 977.2 R749i v.3

"Nelson, Frank [Carlton}". U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007. Retrieved 2015/08/28.

"Nelson, Frank [Carlton]". U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. 1880 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2015/08/28.

"Nelson, Frank [E].". Indiana, Marriage Collection, 1800-1941. Retrieved 2015/08/28.

"Nelson, Franklin C.". 1880 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2015/08/28.


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 records transfer within the library.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/08/28 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2015/08/28 by Edythe Huffman.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.