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Northwest Territory memorabilia

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S1632

Scope and Contents

There are five copies of a facsimile Deed of Cession for the Old Northwest Territory from the Commonwealth of Virginia to the George Rogers Clark Delegation, on March 1, 1784. The reprint begins: "To all who shall see these presents..." One of the signers is Thomas Jefferson. The facsimiles were printed November 17-19, 1927. Also in this collection is a certificate from the Executive Department of the State of Indiana declaring that Dr. Christopher B. Coleman of Indianapolis is a member of the Northwest Territory Celebration Commission. The last item is a small envelope containing four Souvenir Wampum dated May 21, 1938, and separately numbered. Each of the small pieces of cardboard represent "One Wooden Nickel."


  • 1937-1938

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

The Old Northwest Territory was deeded to the George Rogers Clark Delegation, from Kentucky and the Old Northwest Territory States, by the Commonwealth of Virginia on March 1, 1784. Dr. Christopher B. Coleman received a certificate appointing him as a member of the Northwest Territory Celebration Commission in April 1937. The sesquicentennial was celebrated in 1938.


0.01 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

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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 and finding aid completed 2016/7/28 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield.
Northwest Territory memorabilia
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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