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James M. Reeder collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S1102

Scope and Contents

This collection contains information relating to the Wabash and Erie Canal. There are three receipts from 1850 giving various amounts for work on the Canal. A letter from J. L. Williams, dated December 23, 1856, sums up the repair expenses for the year. Two hand-written sheets list property belonging to the trust on District No. 5, Wabash and Erie Canal, dated January 1, 1859. Some of the items listed are shovels, nails, crow bar, picks, wooden buckets, and wheel barrows. There are notations as to where the things were left, such as Covington, Montezuma, and Coal Creek. This hand-written list has also been typed on two pages. The total value is $820.95. There is a typed letter, dated February 19, 1851, from Thomas Dowling, Trustee, enclosing two orders of the Board of Trustees to "create uniformity in the repair service and to avoid the multiplication of small accounts."

There is also an oversize land grant belonging to Reeder in Winamac, Indiana in 1849 (OB181).


  • 1849-1859


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

James M. Reeder was born about 1805 in Ohio. He received a land grant for property in Winamac, Indiana, on April 10, 1849. The 40 acres land grant had the proxy signature of President Zachary Taylor.


0.06 Cubic Feet (1 folder, 1 medium oversize folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a records transfer from the Fairbanks Memorial Library on 1939/06/29 and H. Overton.


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:

OB002, Folder 3: James M. Reeder land grant collection B119: Land grants collection, 1837-1849

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed 2015/01/29 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid revised 2021/09/09 by Brittany Kropf.

Oversize ollection processing and finding aid completed by Benjamin Clark during December 2005. Finding aid revised by Bethany Fiechter on 2015/10/30. EAD finding aid completed by Bethany Fiechter on 2018/05/23. EAD finding aid updated on 2021/09/09 by Lauren Patton.
James M. Reed collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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