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John W. Oliver, Indiana Lincoln Memorial Association scrapbook

 Collection — Folder: S1031
Identifier: S1031

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a scrapbook created by John W. Oliver regarding the Indiana Lincoln Memorial Association ranging from 1922-1923. The scrapbook contains the constitution and resolutions of the association; newspaper clippings regarding the work of the association and its members; and articles about Lincoln.


  • 1922-1923


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 W. Oliver was one of the founding members of the Indiana Lincoln Memorial Association. Born April 12, 1884 in Jackson, Missouri to Clay and Mary Oliver, he did his undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri and received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin in 1915. He served as the director of the Indiana Historical Commission and the Historical Bureau from 1919-1923 and a professor and head of the Department of History at the University of Pittsburgh from 1923-1954. He passed away on February 29, 1972.

Sources: "John William Oliver." U.S. Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970. Accessed August 9, 2016.

"History of the Library." Indiana State Library. Accessed August 11, 2016.

"John W. Oliver Papers." 04/2010. Finding aid at the Archive of The University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. Accessed August 9, 2015.;cc=ascead;q1=Faculty%20Papers;rgn=main;view=text;didno=US-PPiU-ua90f76.

Administrative History

The Indiana Lincoln Memorial Association was organized on June 25, 1922. The association's goal was to build a memorial in Indiana to recognize the time President Abraham Lincoln lived in the Hoosier state during his youth. The work of the volunteer association resulted in the Indiana House of Representatives passing a bill creating a Lincoln Memorial Commission. The 9 members of the commission were appointed by the governor and $5000.00 was appropriated to buy land surrounding the site where Lincoln's family cabin was located at Lincoln City, Spencer County, Indiana.


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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 2016/08/11 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2016/08/11 by Laura Eliason.
John W. Oliver, Indiana Lincoln Memorial Association scrapbook
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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