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John Odell collection

 Collection — Folder: S1026
Identifier: S1026

Scope and Contents

This collection includes John Odell's school workbook containing his compositions, poems, mathematical equations, and expenses (circa1855 to 1860). The book was re-used as a scrapbook and has news clippings attached to the pages regarding the U.S. Civil War and other items of interest to Mr. Odell (circa1860-1886). One item of note is a clipping of an address he gave during a June 20, 1860 debate on the question of popular sovereignty in the territories.


  • 1855-1886


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 C. Odell was born on December 6, 1838 in Carroll County, Indiana to James and Sarah Odell. He attended the Battleground Collegiate Institute and Asbury University (now DePauw University) and was editor and publisher of the Delphi Times from 1863 to 1864. Odell was admitted to the Carroll County bar in 1879 and was actively engaged in the practice of law for more than 40 years. Odell was considered an authority on local history and helped organize the Carroll County Historical Society. He died at the age of 86 on July 6, 1925.


"John C. Odell dies - Lawyer and Historian." The Delphi Citizen (IN), July 11, 1925.

"In Memoriam." The Delphi Journal (IN), July 16, 1925.


0.04 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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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 2016/07/26 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2016/07/26 by Laura Eliason.


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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.