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Ruth Burgess Lebo Smith collection

Identifier: L147

Scope and Contents

The collection includes letters from Charles Smith to Ruth Lebo written from DePauw University and other places (1902-1905); Smith family correspondence (1905-1958); Ruth Lebo Smith’s diary and letters to her family from her trip to Palestine and Europe (1933); her papers and diplomas from Tipton, Indiana (1890s); newspaper and magazine articles regarding Charles Smith’s work with the Methodist Church; and letters of the Burgess family (1854-1880), particularly letters from Alexander Burgess in Arcadia, Hamilton County to his family in Centerville, Wayne County.


  • 1854-1858


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

Ruth Burgess Lebo Smith was the wife of Charles Smith (1878-1963), a graduate of DePauw University, Greencastle (1902), and a Methodist minister in Fort Wayne, Allen County (1929-1944), Tipton, Tipton County, and other northern Indiana towns.


0.6 Cubic Feet (2 manuscript boxes)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. Eugene Holsworth on 1967/10/28 and 1967/11/29.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2010 August by Jessica Combs. EAD finding aid created 2010 August by Jessica Combs.
Ruth Burgess Lebo Smith 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.