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James Flynn Stutesman papers

Identifier: L152

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence, papers, photographs, pamphlets, clippings, programs, and ephemera from James Flynn Stutesman ranging from 1884 to 1916, regarding the Republican Party, his work in Central and South America, and his attempts to secure federal appointments. Also included is his correspondence regarding the 1916 Republican presidential campaign and his papers regarding the Panama-Pacific Exposition, including his reports, and his communications with heads of state in Central American and the West Indies. Other correspondence includes information regarding Bolivian affairs and a report of Lafayette attorney Will R. Wood on his trip to Cuba with Stutesman.


  • 1884-1916


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 Flynn Stutesman was born July 19, 1860 in Peru, Indiana. He graduated from Wabash College in 1884. He married Jessie Emilie Herron in 1910. Stutesman was chiefly a lawyer but also worked as a clerk, realtor, and banker. He was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives in 1885, 1901, and 1903. He served as the Assistant Chief of U.S. Geodetic Survey for Indiana in 1884 and 1885. Stutesman was an examiner for the U.S. Department of Justice (1891-1893) and the U.S. minister to Bolivia in 1908-1910. He became the U.S. commissioner general to Central America and West Indies for the Panama-Pacific Exposition in 1915 and the speaker for the U.S. Fuel Administration in 1917. Stutesman died December 15, 1917 in Washington, D.C.


Shepherd, Rebecca A. et al., eds. A Biographical Directory of the Indiana General Assembly, vol. 2. 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.


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; 2018/04/12 by Brittany Kropf.
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140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.