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Gene Stratton-Porter papers

 Collection — Folder: S1069
Identifier: S1069

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence from Gene Stratton-Porter and several other materials, ranging from 1902 to 1979, regarding her work as an author, photographer, and filmmaker, in addition to her personal life. The collection includes an undated portrait photograph of Stratton-Porter posing outdoors; an advertisement from Good Housekeeping; a typed copy of an article, "The Old Institution of Home" (1922); and a portrait postcard printed circa 1979.


  • 1902-1933


Conditions Governing Access

Restrictions apply. Contact the repository for more information.

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

Geneva Grace Stratton was born on August 17, 1863, in Wabash County, Indiana, to Mark Stratton and Mary Shallenberger Stratton. On April 21, 1886, Gene married businessman Charles Porter, and moved to Decatur, Indiana. Their only daughter, Jeannette Stratton-Porter, was born August 27, 1887. In 1894, Charles and Gene built a cabin near the Limberlost Swamp in Geneva, Indiana, where Gene spent much of her time exploring the swamp. While living at Limberlost, Gene wrote six of her twelve novels and five of her seven nature books, including the best-selling books "Freckles and A Girl of the Limberlost." In 1918, the famiy made the decision to move to California, where eight of Gene's novels were adapted as motion pictures. Gene Stratton-Porter died on December 6, 1924, in Los Angeles, California, from injuries sustained in a car accident. She is buried near her cabin on Sylvan Lake, Rome City, Indiana.


Gene Stratton-Porter Society, Inc. "Indiana's Most Widely Read Female Author." Gene Stratton-Porter Historic Site. Accessed June 4, 2015.


0.01 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 from several sources on 1913/02/02; 1969/01/27; 1922 March; 1933/04/17; 1923/03/21; 1973; 1920/12/02; and 1964/08/08; and transferred from the General Photograph Collection (P0) on 2018/02/08.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/06/04 by Linda Gellert. EAD finding aid created 2015/06/04 by Linda Gellert. EAD finding aid revised 2018/02/08 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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