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James R. Slack collection

Identifier: L145

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence from James R. Slack to his wife Ann in Huntington, Indiana during the U.S. Civil War. Also included is his diary, written during the siege of Mobile, Alabama (March-May 1865) and other family correspondence and business papers.


  • 1837-1882


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

James R. Slack was born September 28, 1818 in Buck County, Pennsylvania. He attended an Academy at Newton, Pennsylvania where he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1840. He married Ann P. Thomson and they had four children. Slack was the audiotr of Huntington County, Indiana (1842-1851); a member of the Indiana State Senate (1851-1852, 1859, and 1861). He joined the 47th Regiment Indiana Volunteers where he served as brigadier general (1861-1865) and was brevet major general (1865-1866). Slack served as judge of the Huntington County Circuit Court (1873-1881) and ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1854 and 1880. James R. Slack died July 28, 1881 in Chicago, Illinois.


Shepherd, Rebeccca A., et al., eds. A Biographical Directory of the Indiana General Assembly, vol. 1. Indianapolis: Select Committee on the Centennial History of the Indiana.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. B. H. B. Grayson.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2007 January by Barbara Hilderbrand. EAD finding aid created 2007 January by Barbara Hilderbrand. EAD finding aid revised 2015/10/30 by Bethany Fiechter.
James R. Slack collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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