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Bartholomew County collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S1646

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of four items: a typescript history of "The Old Tavern" that was located near Elizabethtown (undated); a typescript copy of "A Brief Review of the Organization and Activities of the Columbus Grange No. 2174" by Mrs. W. H. Newsom, a charter member of the Grange (February 7, 1934); a typescript of the "History of Sandcreek Township, Bartholomew County, Indiana" by May Adams Arbuckle and copied on June 26, 1934; and a handwritten prison "confession" by John Jones and dated October 10, 1833. It is not known whether the confession is in Jones' own hand or if it is a handwritten copy.


  • 1833-1934

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

On January 9, 1821, the Indiana General Assembley passed an act that established Bartholomew County. Later that year, the county's first Board of County Commissioners organized on February 15 and Sand Creek Township was established on May 14. The county is located in the southeastern part of the state and was named for Joseph Bartholomew, a Indiana pioneer who served as lieutenant colonel under William Henry Harrison during the Battle of Tippecanoe. Early in the county's history, two men were condemned to death for the crime of murder. John Jones was tried three times and found guilty by a jury for the June 11, 1831 murder of county resident John Ray. Following two Indiana Supreme Court reversals, the last conviction was not appealed and he was executed on October 11, 1833. As of 2010, the population of Bartholomew County was close to 77,000 residents, with 2,390 residing in Sand Creek Township.


Information found within collection.

History of Bartholomew County, Indiana : From the Earliest Time to the Present, with Biographical Sketches, Notes, Etc.. Chicago : Brant and Fuller, 1888.

StatsIndiana. "Census 2010 CDBG Beneficiaries Data Extract: Bartholomew County." Accessed March 17, 2020.


0.02 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from May Adams Arbunkle on 1934/03/20, 1934/06/26, and 1937/02/02.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2020/03/16 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2020/03/16 by Laura Eliason.
Bartholomew 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.