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Cass County collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S1653

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a November 3, 1869 letter certifying that Rev. H. F. Miller was appointed fianancial secretary of Smithson College and was authorized to solicit funds for the Logansport institution; accounts, receipts and other documents ranging from 1869 to 1871 regarding the construction of the county jail and sheriff's residence; a May 29, 1889 application for natural gas to be used by D. D. (David Darwin) Dyeman; a circa 1888 document of the Dykeman, Wilson and Taber law office; two receipts from the Maiben Laundry of Logansport from 1910; eight cards with images of buildings printed by the local Knights of Pythias for Logansport's centennial celebration in June 1925; an undated print of a pen and ink drawing of the residence of Dr. J. M. Morris of Twelve-Mile; and an 1871 plat of the Pollard subdivision of Logansport and two copies of a plat of the east half of section 35 of township 27, one signed by county surveyor N. A. Beck in 1891.

There are also several histories, including "The 2nd Baptist Church. History of the Old Red Brick Church of the Baptists, Logansport, Indiana" written by E.S. Rice in 1911; a typewritten transcription of "Presentation of Flag to Forty-Sixth Indiana Regiment: Mexican War," an article written by J. E. Crain, Adjutant Post No. 14, G.A.R., and published in the December 12, 1925 Logansport Morning Press; "Canal Days and Ways" written by Alice Nelson Kellar of Logansport in April 1928; and typewritten transcriptions made by the Indiana State Library in October 1929 of articles published in the Logansport Telegraph in June 1844 about the loss of the packet boat Kentucky on the Wabash and Erie Canal.

Other items in the collection include a April 5, 1936 letter sent by Robert B. Whitsett, Jr. to Indiana State Librarian Christopher Coleman in response to a question about the location of John Tipton's home in Logansport; two copies of a clipping from the March 24, 1940 Logansport Press regarding census figures of Cass County from 1830 to 1930 and typewritten notes regarding the county; and a record book of the Old Settler's Society of Cass County with entries ranging from 1870 to 1888 that include newspaper clippings, meeting minutes and lists of early settlers.

There are also oversize drawings and lithographs of Cass County from before 1932 and from 1983 June (OBD045) and a volume (V151), which is a descriptive book of the Cass County Volunteers who served during the Mexican-American War. The 1846 record book includes a list of the four noncommissioned officers, short descriptions of the thirty men discharged, and a register of the 3 men who died.


  • 1846-1983

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

Cass County, Indiana was formed by an act of the state legislature in December 1828. It was named in honor of General Lewis Cass, governor of the Michigan Territory through 1831. General Cass was instrumental in making treaties with the Native Americans in the region that helped open up the land to white settlers. Logansport, the county seat, was named for the Shawnee chief called "Logan" who served a a scout for the United States Army in the War of 1812 and was killed during the conflict.


Cass County, Indiana. "Our History." Accessed October 12, 2021.

Cass County Visitors Bureau. "About Us: The History of Cass County, Indiana." Accessed October 12, 2021.


0.18 Cubic Feet (4 folders, 1 volume, 1 extra-large oversize folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as donations.


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:

OBD060: Cass County oversize collection

V151: Descriptive book of Cass County Volunteers

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/10/13 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2021/10/13 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid revised 2021/12/01 by Lauren Patton; 2021/12/02; 2022/11/17 by Brittany Kropf.
Cass County collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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