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John S. Spann and Company collection

 Collection — Folder: S1588
Identifier: S1588

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a number of receipts issued to the John S. Spann and Company from various Indianapolis service and supply companies ranging from 1880 to 1993. Also included are several receipts made out to H. J. Spann (1893 to 1894) and an Indiana Bicycle Company warranty certificate (circa 1890s).


  • 1880-1894

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

John S. Spann was born in 1823 in Jefferson County, Indiana. He moved to Indianapolis in 1839 and became an apprentice in the printing trade before entering into several newspaper ventures. In 1860, he began a successful career in the real estate, loan and fire insurance business. He went into partnership with Francis Smith in 1862, but the firm of Spann and Smith was dissolved after a few years and he continued under the business name John S. Spann and Company. Over the years, his partnered with his sons Thomas H., John M. and Henry J. and following his death in 1897, the company continued under the leadership of Thomas. John S. Spann and Company was incorporated in 1902 and was later known as the Spann Company.


"232 Indianapolis 'Fifty-Year' Firms to be Honored by Chamber of Commerce." Indianapolis Star (Ind.), January 26, 1940.

"Death of John S. Spann." Indianapolis News (Ind.), July 3, 1897.

Dunn, Jacob Piatt. Greater Indianapolis: The History, the Industries, the Institutions and the People of a City of Homes. Vol. II. Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1910.

"Head of Spann Company Dies: Veteran Real Estate Dealer Succumbs to Attack of Pneumonia." Indianapolis Star (Ind.), July 28, 1921.


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.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 1998 by Philip N. Williams. EAD finding aid created 2020/02/03 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.