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Allen County collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S1645

Scope and Contents

This collection contains papers related to the early history of Fort Wayne. Included are a number of documents in French, recollections about the Henry Rudisill home and mill, copies of Henry Rudisill’s private letters, information pertaining to Captain William Wells and a legal document pertaining to the city of Fort Wayne. This collection also contains a copy of a legal document that appears to pertain to a county land sale that took place for the purposes of creating a canal, and a copy of the 1850 Census Schedule 5, Products of Industry for Wayne Township in Allen County. This census page lists individuals who operated a business during that time.


  • 1783-1882

Language of Materials

Materials are in English and French.

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

Allen County was created by legislative act on April 1, 1824. County officers were first elected May 22. The plat for the town of Fort Wayne accepted by the board of county commissioners designated a half square for use as a courthouse site and lots on which to locate “a seminary of learning”, and “a church, to be of no particular denomination, but free to all.” John T. Barr of Baltimore, Maryland, and John McCorkle of Piqua, Ohio gave lots to the county that were intended to be sold so that sale proceeds could be placed in the county treasury. These lots were part of a tract purchased by Barr and McCorkle from a government land sale.


Griswold, Bert Joseph. Fort Wayne, Gateway of the West, 1802-1813. New York: AMS Press Inc., 1973.


0.06 Cubic Feet (6 folders)


This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

OB158: Allen County oversize collection

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2005/01 by Julie A. Reid. EAD finding aid created 2018/05/30 by Lauren Patton. EAD finding aid updated 2021/08/26 by Lauren Patton.
Allen County collection
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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