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Alexander Knisely, Indiana Educational League collection

 Collection — Folder: S1532
Identifier: S1532

Scope and Contents

This collection contains copies of the constitution and by-laws of the Indiana Educational League and a May 1, 1891 letter that were sent to city and county school superintendents regarding the formation of the League. The collection also includes typewritten notes regarding the history of the short-lived organization copied in 1927 from clippings in Alexander Knisely’s scrapbook.


  • 1891, 1927

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

Alexander Knisely was born December 12, 1851 on the family farm near Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana, the son of Richard and Amy (Norris) Knisely. He began teaching school when he was about 18 years old and received a bachelor's degree from Northern Indiana Normal School (now Valparaiso University) in 1879. In 1885, he became the superintendent of Whitley County schools and served in the position for 6 years. While superintendent, he introduced the graded system of instruction and made school work uniform throughout the county. He also served on the committee that organized the Indiana Educational League and served as president of the League in Whitley County. He married Mary More on September 6, 1892 and they had 2 children. He later worked as an agent for the Warder, Bushnel and Glessner Comany, manufacturers of Champion Mowers and Binders. He was a skilled mathematician and was an active member of the American Mathematical Society from 1891 until his death on September 28, 1931.


Information found within the collection.

"Academy of Science Recalls Alexander Knisely, Former County Superintendent." The Commercial-Mail (columbia City, Ind.), October 12, 1961.

"Alex Knisely Dies Monday at 9:40 P.M." Columbia City Post (Ind.), September 29, 1931.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Alexander Kinsely in 1927/06.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2020/01/02 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2020/01/02 by Laura Eliason.
Alexander Knisely, Indiana Educational League 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.