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Joseph H. Shea collection

Identifier: L141

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence with Joseph H. Shea in Indiana, the United States, and Chile, ranging from 1890 to 1918, bulk 1916, relating to Democratic politics, his time served as U.S. ambassador to Chile, and general topics. Included are photographs and various printed material. Additionally, the collection contains one folder relating to Julia Shea’s papers (1921–1959). Noted correspondents include Harry S. New and John W. Kern.


  • 1890-1959


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

Joseph H. Shea was born in Lexington, Indiana in 1862 to parents Patrick and Bridget Shea. He received his A.B. degree from Indiana University in 1889 and admitted to the bar at Scottsburg in 1889. Shea also practiced law in Seymour, Indiana and later in Indianapolis. He began his public service as a prosecuting attorney and twice served as circuit judge. Shea served as ambassador to Chile (1916–1921) on the recommendation by Vice President Thomas R. Marshall. Joseph H. Shea died in 1928, and is buried in Madison, Indiana.


U.S Census 1870.

Indianapolis Star, December 23, 1928.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Paul Goodpasture on 1974/10/15.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2012 November by Brent Abercrombie. EAD finding aid created 2012 November by Brent Abercrombie. EAD finding aid revised 2024/06/14 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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