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John B. Stoll collection

Identifier: L149

Scope and Contents

The collection contains letters to John B. Stoll regarding state and national Democratic Party politics (1866-1920), including correspondence relating to the 1870 and 1872 campaigns. Also included are letters from German Democrats in the state, as well as correspondence relating to northern Indiana newspapers and his work with the Democratic State Editorial Association. The collection has Stoll’s work on the history of the Democratic Party in Indiana along with his political speeches and writings.

Correspondents include Henry A. Barnhart, Albert J. Beveridge, Schuyler Colfax, John D. Defrees, Thomas Dowling, William H. English, Charles W. Fairbanks, William P. Fishback, Isaac P. Gray, Thomas A. Hendricks, David B. Hill, William S. Holman, John Worth Kern, Michael C. Kerr, Frederick Landers, Thomas R. Marshall, Claude Matthews, James A. Mount, William H. O’Brien, Henry B. Payne, Samuel M. Ralston, Horatio W. Seymour, Benjamin F. Shively, James R. Slack, Thomas Taggart, David Turpie, Daniel W. Voorhees, and Woodrow Wilson.


  • 1854-1926


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

John B. Stoll, born in 1843, emigrated with his family from Germany, moving to Pennsylvania in 1853. Stoll was the owner and publisher of Ligonier's Noble County Banner (1866-1914), and owner and editor of the South Bend's St. Joseph County Times (1883-1912). Besides his work in the newspapers industry, Stoll was involved with the Democratic Party, and associated with several Democratic newspapers in LaPorte and Elkhart. Stoll authored History of the Indiana Democracy, 1816-1916 in 1917. John Stoll died in 1926.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

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This collection is arranged by subject and chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2011 June by Brent Abercrombie. EAD finding aid created 2011 June by Brent Abercrombie.
John B. Stoll 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.