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Jean Menger collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S0939

Scope and Contents

The collection contains various legal documents, including indentures, deeds, and land sale records from several individuals or families in Hendricks County, including Charles Aplin, Hannah Frasier, John and Thomas Devan, W.W. Irons, and Quartus and Sarah Rust, ranging from 1862 to 1920 and compiled by Jean Menger. There are also numerous letters, postcards and photographs of Fort Sill, Oklahoma from Everett C. Howard and Walter J. Kidd to Jean Hornstein (Menger) in New York, New York during and after World War I as well as photographs depicting military life at Fort Polk, Louisiana and in Birmingham, Alabama during World War II, as well as a recital program from 1928.


  • 1862-1920

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

Amber Jean Hornstein Menger was born to Frederick C. and Hannah J. Hornstein in Indiana on June 22, 1900. She had one brother, F. Gordon Hornstein. The family lived in Indianapolis, Indiana while the children were growing up. Menger attended Pennsylvania State University in the mid-1910s before moving to New York, New York where she lived with her family during World War I. Presumably, she married someone with the surname Menger during the 1920s. During the 1950s, she lived in Indianapolis where she worked as a saleswoman. She died April 1969 and was buried in Cartersburg, Hendricks County, Indiana.


Items in the collection. "Jean Menger." Find a Grave Index. Accessed May 20, 2015. "Jean Menger." U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014. Accessed May 20, 2016. "Jean H. Menger." U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995. Accessed May 20, 2016. "A Jean Hornstein." 1920 United States Federal Census. Accessed May 20, 2016. "Amber J. Hornstein." 1910 United States Federal Census. Accessed May 20, 2016.


0.07 Cubic Feet (7 folders)

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Arranged in the following by subject, then chronologically in the following folders:

Folder 1: Miscellaneous Hendricks County legal documents, 1859-1862 Folder 2: Thomas and John Devan legal documents, 1866-1872 Folder 3: W.W. Irons legal documents, 1875-1876 Folder 4: Quartus and Sarah Rust legal documents, 1870-1920 Folder 5: Jean Hornstein correspondence and photographs from Everett C. Howard, 1917-1919 Folder 6: Jean Hornstein correspondence from Walter J. Kidd, 1917-1928 Folder 7: World War II photographs, ca. 1939-1945

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. Jean Menger in 1968.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

EAD finding aid created 2014/09/24 by Brent Abercrombie. EAD finding aid revised 2016/05/18 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.