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Lester N. Vandivier collection

Identifier: L167

Scope and Contents

This collection contains Lester N. Vandivier's notebooks regarding the railroad post office (RPO) and highway post offices (HPO), and includes letters, newsletters, and Vandivier's personal notes ranging from 1948-1974. Also included is a copy of the book, "Railroad Postmarks of the United States, 1861-1886" by Charles L. Towle and Henry A. Meyer (1968).


  • 1948-1974


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

Lester Neal "Dickie" Vandivier was born on July 5, 1894 in Johnson County, Indiana to Thomas and Martha Vandivier. He married Catherine White (1895-1933) in 1921 and they had one daughter. Vandivier married Vivian Mullikin (1894-1960) in 1935. Mr. Vandivier was a World War I veteran and work as a railway mail clerk for 45 years. He died at the age of 82 on July 11, 1976.


"Lester Vandivier Services Wednesday." The Daily Journal (Franklin, IN), July 12, 1976.


0.6 Cubic Feet (2 manuscript boxes)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Lester N. Vandivier on 1972/01/28 and from Mrs. Alex Russell on 1976/11/09.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/02/25 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2016/02/25 by Laura Eliason.
Lester N. Vandivier 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.