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Louis Wien, Jr. collection

 Collection — Folder: S1401
Identifier: S1401

Scope and Contents

This collection contains documents collected by Louis Wien, Jr. ranging from 1832 to 1918 and undated, including an "experience song" written for Thomas Whiteside on November 28, 1832; a January 23, 1841 deed signed by John W. Whiteside and William Hardy, both of Hancock County, Indiana; documents regarding penmanship by Benjamin Nixon and Nathan Earlywine (1843 and undated); rules of conduct and attendance list for school district no. 6, Shelby County, Indiana (1853-1854); William Vansickle vs Benjamin Whiteside legal document (circa 1857); Sunday school certificates for Willie and Charlie Eden and signed by A.C. Shortridge (May 1, 1864); a dance card for the Leap Year Ball at Stilwell House (1872); "The Kaiser's Prayer" and "God's Reply" World War I propaganda ephemera (1918); and other writings and poems about various topics, including the internal improvements bill, temperance, James Whitcomb, Henry Clay, and "Dick" Johnson (undated).


  • 1832-1918, undated

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 / Historical

Louis Wien, Jr. was born on May 17, 1890 in New York to Louis and Josephine Wien. He married Marquerite "Madge" Strong on October 17, 1910, but she died less than two years later on July 25, 1912. The following year, Louis married Marguerite Graham on September 10, 1913 and they had one daughter. A private detective by trade, he also worked as a United States Prohibition agent and as a social hygiene investigator for the American Social Hygiene Association during World War I and in the 1940s. He was killed in an airplane crash at the age of 59 on November 7, 1950.

Sources: "Louis Wien Jr. Indiana, Select Marriages Index, 1748-1993. Accessed July 8, 2019. "Louis Wien." Indiana, Marriage Index, 1800-1941 Accessed July 8, 2019.

"Dog and Screen Door Cost Life of Woman." Indianapolis Star (IN), July 26, 1912.

"Funeral Tuesday for Louis Wien, Air Crash Victim." Indianapolis Star (IN), November 11, 1950.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Louis Wien on 1938/12/20.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2019/07/08 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2019/07/08 by Laura Eliason.
Louis Wien, Jr. 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.