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Lew Wallace collection

Identifier: L173

Scope and Contents

The collection primarily consists of Lew Wallace’s military papers from September 1862, relating to the defense of Cincinnati, Ohio and northern Kentucky. Included is correspondence from Wallace and his staff regarding the defense and administration of the area, report on the defense of the Ohio River, and additional reports and official papers. The collection does contain some miscellaneous letters following Wallace’s armed service and a fragment of his memoir.


  • 1848-1905


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

Lew Wallace was born April 10, 1827 to former Indiana Governor David Wallace and Esther French Test Wallace. Prior to the U.S> Civil War, Wallace worked as an attorney in Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, Indiana. On May 6, 1852, Lew Wallace married Susan Arnold Elston, with whom he had one son, Henry Lane Wallace. During the Civil War, Wallace rose to the rank of Major General. Following the war, Wallace became Territorial Governor of New Mexico, where he wrote his epic novel, Ben-Hur. Wallace died February 15, 1905.


Lew Wallace: An Autobiography. New York: Harper and Brothers Publishers, 1906.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from A. C. Miller on 1931/08/18.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2011 June by Brent Abercrombie. EAD finding aid created 2011 June by Brent Abercrombie.
Lew Wallace 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.