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William G. Sullivan papers

Identifier: L154

Scope and Contents

This collection includes autographed, signed letters; typed documents with autographed corrections; newspaper articles; and photostats of newspaper articles from William G. Sullivan in Indianapolis, Indiana; photographs and photostats of letters from Joseph Arthur ranging from 1886 to 1958, regarding the English Opera House, the English family, Annie Fox, John Flaxman, Joseph Arthur, John Wilkes Booth, and other theatrical and artistic persons and plays.


  • 1886-1958, undated


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

William George Sullivan was born in June of 1884 to George R. and Annie R. Sullivan in Indianapolis, Indiana. He had one brother, Russell. Sullivan was graduated from Yale University in 1907. He wrote a number of papers about historical Hoosier artists, authors and institutions as well as reading manuscipts for Bobb-Merrill Company. Sullivan served as the secretary-treasurer of the Sullivan Geiger Company, a family-founded firm and was the vice president of American States Insurance Company at the time of his death, September 18, 1959. Sullivan is buried in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Sources: "William G.Sullivan." 1900 United States Federal Census. Accessed April 6, 2015.

"Sullivan, William George." (1974) In Indiana Authors and Their Books, 1917-1966, p. 594. Crawfordsville, IN: Wabash College, 1974.

"Sullivan, William George" Indianapolis Star, September 20, 1959, sec. 4, p. 6. col. 5.

"William George Sullivan papers, 1935-1957." Finding aid. Indiana Historical Society. Accessed April 6, 2015.


1.6 Cubic Feet (3 manuscript boxes; 1 large oversize box)

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This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Research notes, 1886-1958, undated

Series 2: Oversize documents, circa 1940-circa 1950

Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/04/06 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2015/04/06 by Edythe Huffman. Collection reprocessed and EAD finding aid revised 2021/10/21 by Lauren Patton.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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