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Albert Sahm reminiscences

 Collection — Folder: S1752
Identifier: S1752

Scope and Contents

This collection includes an 8-page, typewritten letter written by Albert Sahm on June 28, 1934 and sent to Miss Esther U. McNitt at the Indiana State Library regarding his reminiscences of Ft. Wayne Avenue in Indianapolis, Indiana. The collection also contains two copies, one handwritten and one typewritten, of Sahm's "Reminiscences of Ft. Wayne Ave Continued." Accompanying the letter are a map of the intersection of Walnut and Delaware Streets and Ft. Wayne Avenue and 6 clippings of Kate Milner Rabb's Indianapolis Star column "A Hoosier Listening Post," which were published from July 4 to August 8, 1934 and discuss Sahm's reminiscences.


  • 1934


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

Albert Sahm was an insurance executive and a life-long resident of Indianapolis, Indiana. He was born on February 4, 1859 to Ludwig and Charlotta Sahm, German immigrants who came to America in 1844. He married Ida Stone on April 21, 1880 and they had six children. Prior to his work in the insurance industry, Mr. Sahm worked as a manufacturer of upholstery (1880-1892) and engaged in the crockery business (1899-1908) as a member of the firm of Reveal, Schrader & Sahm. He was elected a county commissioner at the age of 21 and served two terms. When he was 35 years old he was appointed postmaster of Indianapolis by President Grover Cleveland. While working as postmaster, he became associated with the State Life Insurance Company and was appointed secretary-treasurer of the company in 1912. After stepping down from the secretary-treasurer position in 1934, he continued to serve as secretary of the executive committee and as a member of the board until his death at the age of 81 on December 4, 1940.


"Albert Sahm, State Life Official, Dies at 81 After Long Illness." Indianapolis Star (IN), December 5, 1940. Accessed February 15, 2018.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Albert Sahm on 1934/29/06.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2018/02/16 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2018/02/16 by Laura Eliason.
Albert Sahm reminiscences
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.