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Delaware County collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S1658

Scope and Contents

This collection contains several documents related to Delaware County, Indiana, including William Cockerell’s August 1, 1880 report for Ditch No. 36, his December 28, 1883 tax notice for the ditch and an August 8, 1884 letter sent by his attorney to Muncie attorneys Mellette and Orr regarding issue with tax and promissory note signed by Alex and John Steel; an abstract of title dated November 10, 1880 for lots 5 and 6 in block number 1 of Goldsmith C. Gilbert’s donation to “Muncietown”; a carbon copy of "Harrison Township: Schools," a typewritten transcription of information taken from The History of Delaware County, Indiana, published in 1881 by Kingman Brothers of Chicago; a circa 1894 advertisement for the improved "Common Sense Champion" steel frame planter manufactured by the Common Sense Engine Company of Muncie; and three copies of a card announcing Dr. G.W.H. Kemper's fiftieth anniversary as a practitioner in Muncie on August 19, 1915.

The collection also includes clippings of "History of Muncie from Old Letters,” an article from the June 23, 1907 Muncie Sunday Star that describes pioneer life through the letters of Margaret Blount and clippings from 1933 of Robert B. Bradbury’s Muncie Sunday Star "The Old Timer" column and his articles about everday happenings in the early days of Muncie as set out in letters written to a James Boyleston of Boston from his brother, John.


  • 1880-1933

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

Delaware County, Indiana is located in east central Indiana, northeast of Indianapolis. Founded in 1827, the county was named for the Delaware, a Native American people who once inhabited the area. Muncie is the county seat and named for Munsee Town, the name of the Indian village that was once located near the site of the present city.


Delaware County, Indiana. "History of Delaware County and Muncie, Indiana." Accessed October 14, 2021.


0.02 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

Language of Materials



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 completed 2021/10/15 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2021/10/15 by Laura Eliason.
Delaware 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.