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John Alfred Snook autobiography

 Collection — Folder: S1215
Identifier: S1215

Scope and Contents

There are two items in this collection: (1) Autobiography of John Alfred Snook (original and photocopy), and (2) letter to Louise Rebecca Rarick of Bloomington, Indiana, from "Aunt Floss" (Flossie Nina Bellinger), Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The autobiography consists of nine typed pages, beginning in the year of John's birth (1857) and ending in 1944 on page 8, with the last half of page 8 and page 9 written by one of his daughters. She gives her father's death date of December 9, 1950. The letter to Louise from Aunt Floss tells about Eugene Debs being nominated for president at the first National Socialist convention which was held in Indianapolis. Her father, John Alfred Snook, attended that event. A framed picture of Mr. Debs was in the Snook living room for many years.


  • 1857-1973


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

John Alfred Snook was born the year his father died, 1857 in what is now Union County, Pennsylvania. His mother, a descendant of the second U.S. president John Adams, was left with five children. Starting at age nine, John was hired out to various farmers. In 1874, he moved to Elkhart, Indiana, and worked at various farms. He wrote about experiences growing up in Snyder County, Pennsylvania, near Penns Creek. John married in 1879. They had four daughters, Flossie Nina, Frances, Alta, and Charity, all of whom married. His wife died in 1935. John completed his autobiography in 1944, six years before his death.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from his daughter, Mrs. Frances Grieb, on 1951/4/5.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed 2016/11/3 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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