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John H. Vajen papers

 Collection — Folder: S1334
Identifier: S1334

Scope and Contents

There are five items in this collection, including a Quarter Master General account book from April 29, 1861-October 9, 1861; an envelope containing three business cards, one for J. H. Vajen, Hardware Merchant, and two alike for Joseph Curzon, Architect; letter dated July 15, 1961, to "My dear Vajen" from Oliver P. Morton, written from Washington, in which he enclosed "contracts and specifications from the quarter master for horses, wagons, ambulances, too"; a letter dated March 17, 1862, to Honorable H. S. Holman, Congressional Investigating Committee, Washington, from J. H. Vajen, and one document stating, "This corner stone was laid June 30, 1862, during the years of the great slave holders rebellion. The owner is General J. H. Vajen quartermaster general of the Indiana Volunteers and Hardware Merchant of the City of Indianapolis and State of Indiana. The estimated cost of the building is seventeen thousand dollars ($17,000). Architect Joseph Curzon formerly of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, born in Derbyshire, England, and a resident of this city since 1851."


  • 1861-1862


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

J. H. Vajen was born March 19, 1828, in Bremen, Hanover, Germany, the son of John Henry and Anna Margaretha Vajen. The Vajen family came to America in 1836 and settled in Baltimore. When they moved to Cincinnati, J. H. worked in a hardware store at the age of 17. The family relocated to Jackson County, Indiana. In 1850, J. H. married Alice Fugate. They had seven children. He had his own hardware store in Indianapolis in 1856. During the Civil War, Mr. Vajen served as Quartermaster General of Indiana, and saw to it that Indiana troops were will provided for in the field. In 1864, he helped to organize the banking firm of Fletcher, Vajen and Company, which later merged with the Fourth National Bank. Mr. Vajen retired in 1871, and died on May 28, 1917. He is buried in the family mausoleum at Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis.


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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Indiana Bell Telephone Company on 1930/12/5 and from Caroline Vajen Colins on 1932/2/3.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed 2018/1/25 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield.
John H. Vajen papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.