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.
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.
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. http://www.genestratton-porter.com.