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Henry County collection

Identifier: L211

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence, business, court, government and legal documents, and a typed copy of records of the Henry County Female Anti-Slavery Society ranging from 1830 to 1935 regarding deeds, invoices, titles, taxes, library books, and organizational business.


  • 1830-1900 and undated

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.

Administrative History

Henry County, Indiana was first settled by white men in 1819, with the first land sales recorded in 1821. The county was created out of Delaware County by the Indiana General Assembly, approved in 1821, effective June 1, 1822. It was a perfect square of twenty miles, according to the act creating it, but its boundaries have since changed.

Its current population is around 50,000 and the county seat is New Castle. New Castle is also home of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Museum and one of the largest high school basketball fieldhouses. Many major highways cross the county, including: Old National Road/ U.S. 40, Interstate 70, US Highway 36, State Road 38, and State Road 3, which linking Interstate 74.


Hazzard, George. Hazzard's History of Henry County, Indiana, 1822-1906. New Castle, IN: George Hazzard. 1906.

"Henry County, Indiana." Discover Henry County Indiana. Accessed March 30, 2016.

Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. "About Us." Accessed February 25, 2021.

"New Castle (IN) Fieldhouse." Accessed March 30, 2016.


1.3 Cubic Feet (4 manuscript boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Sarah Edgerton and others on 1922/07/20.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/03/30 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2016/03/30 by Edythe Huffman.
Henry County 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.