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Nicholas McCarty receipt book

 Collection — Folder: S864
Identifier: S0864

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a receipt book from Nicholas McCarty, which contains entries of transactions made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Indianapolis, Indiana. The entries, ranging from March 3, 1839 to October, 19 1847, concern purchases and deliveries of dry goods, such as textiles and clothing, as well as bales of hemp.


  • 1839-1847

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

NIcholas McCarty, Sr. was a prominent entrepreneur, landowner, and politician in early Indianapolis, Indiana. Born September 26, 1795 in Moorefield, Hardy County, Virginia (West Virginia today), McCarty settled in Indianapolis in 1823. He established one of the city's first general stores at the southwest corner of Washington and Pennsylvania streets, which became known as "McCarty's Corner." His mercantile venture proved profitable and McCarty went on to open more store locations in Covington, Cumberland, Greenfield, LaPorte and Waverly, Indiana. His other entrepreneurial pursuits included the production of ginseng, silk, and hemp. In 1828, McCarty married Margaret Hawkins in Boone County, Kentucky and they had four children: Nicholas, Jr., Frances, Susanna, and Margaret. Before his death on May 17, 1854, he held several local and state public offices, including that of Indiana state senator (1849-1852) and Indianapolis city councilman (1853-1854).


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 donation from Curtis Shake on 1943/06/23 and Margaret Day on 1929/08/07.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/06/24 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid created 2014/06/24 by Brittany Kropf.
Nicholas McCarty receipt book
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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