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Blanche Stillson collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S1254

Scope and Contents

This collection comprises papers including contracts, bills, letters, and receipts from the Stilson family in Bedford, Indiana ranging from 1873 to 1908 regarding the building of the family home and the medical practice of Doctors Joseph O. Stilson and Joseph Stilson, Blanche Stilson's father and grandfather, respectively. Of particular interest is a small notebook from 1873 to 1874 listing medical cases handled by the two physicians.


  • 1873-1908


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

Blanche Stillson was born on June 6, 1889 to Dr. Joseph O. and Matilda Rose (Bisch) Stillson. She attended Depauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. Blanche Stillson was an artist and taught at Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis, Indiana. In the 1930s, she lived at 4245 North Meridian Street in Indianapolis with her mother. Blanche Stillson died on January 4, 1977.

Joseph O. Stillson was a medical doctor who practiced in Bedford, Indiana with his father, Dr. Joseph Stillson during the late 1800s. He attended Hanover College in his youth before joining his father's practice. He married Matilda R. Bisch on October 27, 1880. The family moved to Indianapolis during the early 20th century. Dr. Joseph O. Stillson died in May 1926 and was buried in Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis.


0.03 Cubic Feet (3 folders)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Blanche Stillson on 1973/01/28.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2017/02/16 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid created 2017/02/16 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid revised 2017/02/27 by Brittany Kropf.
Blanche Stillson daybook
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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