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Forrest L. Spencer collection

 Collection — Folder: S1227
Identifier: S1227

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence and papers pertaining to the Nelson, Sturgis, and Bailiff families ranging from 1840 to 1892 in Jennings County, Indiana, Ohio, Maryland, and Kansas. The papers include U.S. Civil War letters and a military discharge from George Nelson (1861-1863), documents relating to Susan Bailey, Martha A. Sturgis, and E. Blanchard (1877-1878), and a wedding invitation (1892).


  • 1840-1892


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

When he was 79 years old, Forrest L. Spencer, 2905 South Van Asselt Court, Seattle, Washington, sent these letters to the Curator of History, Museum of Indiana. They were mailed on April 10, 1968. The following year, the Indiana State Museum donated the letters to the State Libary. These letters pertain to the Nelson, Sturgis, and Bailiff families, who were related to Forrest Spencer.


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 the Indiana State Museum in 1969.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2017/01/19 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid completed 2017/01/19 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid revised 2017/02/27 by Brittany Kropf.


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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.