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John T. Waters collection

Identifier: L175

Scope and Contents

The collection includes account books for the Waters furniture store (1885-1891, 1904-1908) and funeral business (1875-1891); Isaac White's account of fines collected as justice of the peace (1881-1883); John T. Waters's business papers and correspondence (1882-1917), including receipts and correspondence regarding his bicycling interests (1880s-1890s), and family letters from Brownsburg, Hendricks County and Lebanon, Boone County, Indiana (1888-1889); and photocopies of Waters family papers and letters (1815-1874).

There is also an oversize folder which contains a certificate for John T. Waters from the Clarke School for Embalming dated 1892 and two embalmers licenses for John and Flora Waters dated 1902 and 1908 respectively (OB199).


  • 1815-1908


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

John T. Waters, born March 1867 to parents Isaac and Elizabeth Waters, was a furniture maker and undertaker in Pittsboro, Hendricks County, Indiana. John married his wife Eva in 1889. The couple had one daughter Beaulah Waters. John T. Waters died January 9, 1943.


0.35 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box, 1 medium oversize folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically by format: papers and volumes.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from John Oliver on 1970/06/12.


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Genealogy Division, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

G016: John T. Waters collection

OB199: John T. and Flora Waters certificate and licenses

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/04/02 by Brent Abercrombie. EAD finding aid created 2015/04/02 by Brent Abercrombie. Oversize collection processing and finding aid revision completed 2021/09/10 by Lauren Patton.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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