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Lizzie Smelser collection

 Collection — Folder: S1200
Identifier: S1200

Scope and Contents

There is one letter and the small yellow envelope in which it was mailed on August 28, 1873. The envelope is addressed to: Miss Lizzie S. Smelser, Richmond, Indiana. The letter is from P. R. Kendall, President Faculty, Smithson College. He wrote "To whom this may concern" recommending Lizzie who attended Smithson College from January 2, 1872 to March 2, 1873. Among the classes she took were: Roman history, geometry, German, zoology, and chemistry. Mr. Kendall wrote: "In the Literary Department her Exercises were of a Superior Order."


  • 1873


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

Sara "Lizzie" (Smelser) Stoner was born November 1853 in Wayne County, Indiana, the daughter of James and Mary Francis (Hamilton) Smelser. She attended Smithson College and later graduated from Buchtel College. She was active in the Woman's Christian Temperance Union and also served as a Universalist minister from 1900 to 1914. She died on April 1, 1937.

Sources: "Rev. James Alfred Stoner." Find a Grave Memorial no. 13990585. Accessed September 3, 2020.

"Rev. Sara Stoner Dies at Prospect." Dayton Herald (Ohio), April 3, 1937.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of two items, a letter and its envelope.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a records donation from Winifred Stoner on 1938/5/21.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

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

S2704: James A. Stoner collection

V288: James A. Stoner scrapbook

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed 2016/10/13 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid revised 2020/09 by Laura Eliason.
Lizzie Smelser collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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