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Harrison County collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S1670

Scope and Contents

This collection contains several items related to Harrison County, Indiana, including a daybook used by Cyrus Vigus of Corydon from 1826 to 1830; the Corydon Normal School roll book for 1878-1879; a cloth badge and button from the Indiana Centennial Celebration at Corydon in June 1916; a copy of "Cedar Farm...a Tribute," an essay written by Emma S. N. Carleton about the Kintner family dated May 29, 1919; and a one-page document about "Song Corydon" and the Earl Smith family copied by Lydia Sonner Windell Lesh on May 1, 1962.

The collection also includes the following undated items: a one-page typewritten reply from Gertrude Rainbolt of the Corydon Public Library in response to a question about the age of the Constitutional Elm at the time the 1816 constitution was written; a promotional document regarding Wedgewood plates with the image of the old state capitol building created by the Nu Chapter, Phi Beta Psi and priced at $1.50 each; and a twenty-six page geological history of Harrison County with footnotes and bibliography by an unknown author.


  • 1826-1962

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

Harrison County, Indiana is located in southern Indiana along the Ohio River. Established in 1808, the county was named for General William Henry Harrison, the first governor of the Indiana Territory and the ninth president of the United States. Corydon, the county seat, became the capital of Indiana Territory in 1813 and was the location where the delegates met in 1816 to draw up Indiana's first constitution. Indiana became a state in December 1816 and Corydon remained the state capital until the state government was moved to Indianapolis in 1825.


State of Indiana. "My Local: Harrison County." Accessed November 16, 2021.

Town of Corydon. "About: Town History, The First State Capital." Accessed Novmber 16, 2021.


0.03 Cubic Feet (3 folders)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as donations, including from Mrs. Julia Kintner Withers on 1975/09/25.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/11/17 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2021/11/17 by Laura Eliason.
Harrison 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.