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John Ott papers

 Collection — Folder: S1034
Identifier: S1034

Scope and Contents

This collection includes personal business papers of the Ott family, receipts, price lists and inventories of furniture for the L.W. Ott Manufacturing Company, and a clipping from a German language newspaper ranging from 1864 to 1905. Related materials to this collection include three account books for Ott's furniture company, with one volume also containing his daybook of personal accounts ranging from 1858 to 1907.


  • 1864-1905


Language of Materials

Materials in German and English.

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 Ott was born on January 15, 1825 in Bavaria, Germany and was one of the early residents of Indianapolis. He came to the United States in 1845 and a few years later moved to Indiana's capital city. He was a cabinet maker and founded the Ott Lounge Company, later known as the L.W. Ott Manufacturing Company. He died on February 5, 1914.


Dunn, Jacob Piatt. Greater Indianapolis: The History, the Industries, the Institutions, and the People of a City of Homes, Volume 2. Indianapolis: Unigraphics, 1910. Accessed August 12, 2016.

"Obituary: John Ott." Indianapolis Star, February 6, 1914.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)


This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Robert Russo on 1962/09/28.


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

V105: John Ott account books, 1858-1907

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/08/12 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2016/08/12 by Laura Eliason.


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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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