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David Dale Owen letter

 Collection — Folder: S1714
Identifier: S1714

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a letter written by David Dale Owen to J.H. McChesney and dated March 8, 1859. The letter was written in regard to Mr. McChesney's inquiry about Kentucky's geology report and Owen's field notes.


  • 1859/03/08


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.

Biographical Note

David Dale Owen was born June 24, 1807 at Braxfield House near New Lanark, Scotland to Robert and Anne Owen. His father was the social reformer who purchased the town of New Harmony, Indiana in 1825. David moved to New Harmony in 1828 and it remained his home for the rest of his life. In 1933 he began studying medicine at the Ohio Medical College in Cincinnati and graduated in 1836. Though he never practiced medicine, he became a renowned geologist and served as the state geologist for Indiana, Kentucky and Arkansas and preformed geological surveys for the federal government. He died on November 13, 1860.

Sources: "David Dale Owen." Find a Grave Index. Accessed August 19, 2016.

Sketch of the Life of David Dale Owen, M.D. N.p.: American Geologist, 1889.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Anthony J. Russo in 1938/04.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/08/19 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2016/08/19 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

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