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North Western Christian University abstract of title

 Collection — Folder: S1531
Identifier: S1531

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a typewritten copy of the abstract of title for 25 acres of land located in the town of Irvington, Marion County, Indiana and purchased by the North Western Christian University from Josephus Collett of Vermillion County for $19,000.00. The original deed was signed and notorized on July 24, 1873. At the time the copy was made on May 6, 1931, the abstract was in the possession of John Collett, Josephus Collett's nephew.


  • 1931/05/06

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.

Historical note

Butler University is a private liberal arts school located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Founded in 1855 as North Western Christian University, it was the third university in the country to admit women on an equal basis with men. In 1877, the name of the school was changed to Butler University to honor Ovid Butler, a local attorney and abolitionist and one of the founders of the university. The university has occupied three campuses in and around Indianapolis, the first being on land donated by Butler and located at what is now 13th Street and College Avenue. In 1875, the school moved to property purchased in the town of Irvington approximately 5 miles east of downtown and then it was moved to its third and present campus located on more than 300 acres on the north side of the city in 1928.


Bodenhamer, David J., Robert G. Barrows and David Gordon Vanderstel. The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1994.

Butler University. "About Butler: History and Traditions." Accessed December 26, 2019.

The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica. "Butler University." Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. Accessed December 26, 2019.


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.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2019/12/26 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2019/12/26 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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