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Edward N. Wentworth manuscript

 Collection — Folder: S1384
Identifier: S1384

Scope and Contents

This collection is a single typed, 35-page manuscript by Edward N. Wentworth entitled: "When Porter County Was Indian Frontier." On page two, Edward indicated that this was a speech he presented. He wrote about how he became interested in the history of the area when he and his wife purchased property in the winter of 1941-1942. Wentworth wrote about the Great Sauk Trail which connected Detroit in Michigan with Rock Island in the Mississippi River. Joseph Bailly received a grant from President Martin Van Buren, and it was this property that Mr. and Mrs. Wentworth bought. There were only three transfers of title before they became owners. The first travel in Porter County by white men was in 1673. Wentworth wrote about the French and English settlers. "Up to 1800 the basic Indian policy was to play one group against the other." (page 7) On page 11, Edward gives the names of Indian tribes in Porter County. He wrote about fur trading, forts, battles, and expeditions. This is a well-written history of the native Americans and early settlers in Porter County, Indiana.


  • circa 1949


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

Edward N. Wentworth was born in New Hampshire in 1887 and became a professor in Kansas and Iowa, until he joined a meat packing firm in 1919. He and his wife retired to Red Oak Ridge, which is near Porter County in Indiana in 1954. Wentworth wrote many books on the history of the American animals until his death in 1959 (SNAC).


Items within the collection.

"Wentworth, Edward N. (Edward Norris), 1887-1959." Social Networks and Archival Content. Accessed August 9, 2018.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection consists of one item.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Edward N. Wentworth on 1949/05.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/08/10 by Kori Nell. EAD finding aid created 2016/08/10 by Kori Nell.
Edward N. Wentworth manuscript
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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