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Kate Starks letters

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S1238

Scope and Contents

This collection comprises typed copies of letters from Kate Starks and others to Leander Starks ranging from 1859 to 1865 before and during the U.S. Civil War.


  • 1859-1865


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

Lydia Katherine (Kate) Price Starks was born March 10, 1844. She married Leander Starks on April 11, 1861 and they had two children: Izora G. and Edbert Finlaw. Kate Starks' brother, Samuel Price, was killed during the Battle of Atlanta during the U.S. Civil War. She died September 29, 1897.

Leander Starks was born December 28, 1836 in Neville, Clermont County, Ohio to John and Charity (Meeker) Starks. The family moved to Rossburg, Salt Creek Township, Decatur County, Indiana by 1850. Leander Starks enlisted with the 26th Indiana Light Artillery, also known as Wilder's Battery, on August 14, 1862. He was discharged July 19, 1865. He died January 15, 1891 and was buried in Rossburg Cemetery in Decatur County, Indiana.


Information in the collection. "Leander Starks." 1850 United States Federal Census. Accessed February 10, 2017. "Leander Starks." 1870 United States Federal Census. Accessed February 10, 2017. "Leander Starks." U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970. Accessed February 10, 2017. "Lydia C. Price." Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001. Accessed February 10, 2017.


0.02 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. H. S. McKee on 1969/06/05.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2017/01/26 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid created 2017/01/26 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid revised 2017/02/10 by Brittany Kropf.
Kate Starks 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.