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Vanderburgh County collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S1701

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a variety of documents related to Vanderburgh County, Indiana, including an indenture of apprenticeship binding James Alexander Robinson to Moses P. Morgan dated June 6, 1853; a circa 1860 clipping of illustrations of Evansville and Indianapolis sites with the caption "City of Evansville - The Commercial Metropolis of Indiana"; documents related to the local precinct activities of Republicans in 1876-1877; correspondence of James H. McNeely from 1877; and a letterhead from the Heilman Machine Works of Evansville dated 1888 with paragraphs written in German and headings such as "Berliner Pfannkuchen" that suggest the document is recipes.

Other correspondence in the collection includes an October 14, 1942 letter sent to the members of the Indiana State Chamber of Commerce from Louis Ruthenburg, the president of Servel Inc., regarding the problems of reorganizing and managing industrial production during World War II; an October 7, 1949 letter from the Seeger Refrigerator Company and a November 3, 1949 letter from Servel Inc., both sent with company historical sketches in response to a request by Miss Dorothy Riker at the Indiana Historical Bureau; a 1951 New Year circular letter from Lincoln Bell Hale of Evansville College; and an unused note card with a print of a picture taken of a snowy lane in the Stockwell Woods area of Wesselman Park in Evansville.

This collection also contains a variety of mementos and other memorabilia, including a circa 1880 business card for Geo. Miller and Co.; an invitation to a May 29, 1888 birthday party given by Cora Bobinger and Ollie Boemle; an invitation to the Oxford Circle's December 9, 1891 "Third Grand Hop" at Frick's Hall; a card with an image of the Evansville Wharf from 1904; a small flyer for the Central W.C.T.U. Mitten Social held on February 27, 1906; a program for the Woman's Missionary Society for 1913-1914; a January 4, 1920 bulletin from the Walnut Street Presbyterian Church; advertisements for Hinkle, Barbour and Co. from circa 1900, the Victory Theatre and Hotel Sonntag from circa 1921, and the Geo. L. Mesker and Co. from 1923; a postcard invitation for a July 1934 ice cream social given by the Men's Brotherhood; an advertisement for the opening of the "What Not Shop" on January 8, 1946; a December 3, 1946 raffle ticket for a Emerson Phono Radio from the Washington Ave. Temple Sisterhood Country Fair; a Dade Park Jockey Club guest booklet and complimentary tickets from 1947; a local Republican candidate endorsement card from May 1947; May 1948 candidate endorsement cards from the Peoples Democrat Organization and the United Republican Club; two advertising cards for a series of sermons given by Rev. Hamilton A. Hymes of the Grace-Memorial Church on the theme "The Church of Today"; an undated advertising card for the Redwood Cafe and Pool Room; an invitation to the April 26th (no year) reception for the library fund of the Young Men's Christian Association (Y.M.C.A.); an undated card with information about a "Special Powwow" of the Y.M.C.A.; an undated "Visit Evansville" stamp; and undated menus for the Belvedere Cafe and the Java Coffee Shop.


  • 1853-1951, 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.

Historical Note

Vanderburgh County, located in southwestern Indiana, was established in 1818 and named for Revolutionary War hero William Henry Vanderburgh. Evansville, the county seat, was founded by Hugh McGary, Jr. in 1812 and was named to honor Gen. Robert M. Evans, a member of the territorial legislature. The county is divided into the following townships: Armstrong, Center, German, Knight, Perry, Pigeon, Scott, and Vanderburgh.


"Evansville, Indiana, United States." Encyclopedia Britannica. Last updated November 9, 2021. Accessed December 8, 2021.

State of Indiana. "My Local: Vanderburgh County." Accessed December 8, 2021.


0.04 Cubic Feet (4 folders)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a purchase from Robert Fridenberg, on 1929/10/07 and from doncations, including from W.V. Frick and from Grace Kiechle on 1943/03/01 and 1945/11/16.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/12/08 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2021/12/08 by Laura Eliason.
Vanderburgh 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.