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Matthew Ritchie Southard collection

 Collection — Folder: S1223
Identifier: S1223

Scope and Contents

There are six items in this collection which make reference to New Harmony, Indiana; Robert Dale Owen; and I. W. Swift. (1) Letter to Hon. M.R. Southard, Indianapolis, dated December 12, 1838, from R. D. Owen in New Harmony. He mentions that Mrs. Southard, who "has not been well, is, as I hear, much better today." (2) Letter to M. R. Southard, Member of the legislature (he was a Representative), Indianapolis, dated December 26, 1839, from I. W. Swift in New Harmony. This letter requests that Mr.Southard amend a law regarding merchants selling in other counties with a license they took out for just three or four days. (3) Letter to Honorable M. R. Southard, Indianapolis, dated January 29, 1840, from R. D. Owen, with an additional paragraph by Richard Owen. This letter deals with a check which Robert Dale Owen endorsed against his better judgment. Richard's note at the end of the letter asked Representative Southard to "obtain the arms" for the New Harmony Volunteers. (4) An undated family tree chart giving the descendants of Robert Owen and his wife Caroline Dale, daughter of David Dale. The information was furnished by Col. Julien Dale Owen, widower. (5) Clipping from the July 12, 1929 front page of The New Harmony Times reporting "The Fourth Past and Present." The article tells about the 1840 celebration of the 4th of July in New Harmony in which Col. M. R. Southard served as Vice President of the Committee of Arrangements. (6) An undated, hand-written note on the imprinted letterhead of Lillian E. Southard, 2 Seminary Court, Greencastle, Indiana, which states: "Matthew Ritchie Southard born in Kentucky in 1800, married in New Harmony. Letters of Robert Dale Owen property of Chas. F. and Lillian E. Southard."


  • 1839-1929


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

Matthew Ritchie Southard was born in Kentucky in 1800. He married Dorcas Sloan on August 14, 1823. Mr. Southard served in the Indiana House of Represenatives in 1839 and 1840, according to the letters in this collection. In 1840, Col. M. R. Southard was the Vice President of the Committee on Arrangements for the 4th of July celebration in New Harmony. In the 1860s, he lived in Ward 3, Indianapolis. He died in 1877 and is buried in Crown Hill Cemetery.


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 records donation from Lillian and Charles T. Southard on 1934/11/23.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed 2017/1/12 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield.
Matthew Ritchie Southard 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.