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Emma Lou Thornbrough collection

 Collection — Folder: S1310
Identifier: S1310

Scope and Contents

This is a 50-page, typed "Bibliographical Essay" listing "the most significant materials, published and unpublished, for the study of the history of Indiana for the period from 1850 to 1880." (page 1). She includes resources in the Indiana State Library, Indiana Historical Society Library, Lilly Library at Indiana University, Indiana State Archives, as well as government documents, newspapers, county and city histories, and other secondary sources. Beginning on page 24, Emma Lou lists publications based on topics, such as: political history (pp. 24-28); Civil War (pp. 28-33); economic history (pp. 33-38); railroads and transportation (pp. 38-40); population changes (pp. 40-41); and other subjects. The resources have complete citations with publisher, year of publication, and page numbers where appropriate. The most recent date is 1961.


  • circa 1961


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

Emma Lou Thornbrough (1913-1994) was a teacher, scholar, and author. She graduated from Shortridge High School, Butler University, and the University of Michigan. From 1946-1983, Dr. Thornbrough was professor of history at Butler University. She was an authority on African-American history, as well as the history of Indiana in the Civil War. On January 22, 1995, Butler University held "A Celebration of the life of Emma Lou Thornbrough" in Robertson Hall with tributes from five people.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged as paginated.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed 2017/8/31 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield.
Emma Lou Thornbrough 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.