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J. L. Smith manuscript

 Collection — Folder: S1206
Identifier: S1206

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a handwritten and edited manuscript from J. L. Smith in Indiana entitled "Development of Indiana Literature." The manuscript was intended for distribution at the World's Fair in Chicago, Illinois during 1892-1893, but was most likely never printed.


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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.

Historical Note

The World's Columbian Exposition, also known as the Chicago World's Fair, took place in Chicago, Illinois in 1893 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the New World in 1492. The exposition occupied 630 acres, with pavilions for each of the 44 states, including Indiana, as well as four territories (Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Utah).

Several monographs on Indiana subjects were written for the Chicago World's Fair, including J.L. Smith's monograph on Indiana literature. As of 1898, five of the nine World's Fair books had not been printed, including Smith's, and probably never were.


Rand McNally and Company. Bird's-Eye View of the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893 [map]. 1893. World Digital Library. Accessed July 27, 2015.

Chicago Historical Society. "The World's Columbian Exposition." The History Files. Last updated 1999. Accessed July 27, 2015.

Henry, William Elmer and Indiana State Library.Indiana State Library Catalogue: Author and Title. (Indianapolis: W.B. Burford, State Printing, 1898), 578.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/04/06 by Alexandria Jones. EAD finding aid created 2015/04/06 by Alexandria Jones. EAD finding aid revised 2015/07/27/ 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.