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Brookville, Indiana letter and photograph

 Collection — Folder: S1798
Identifier: S1798

Scope and Contents

This collection includes one letter, dated March 4, 1871 and a small photograph of a woman the letter identifies as "Caroline". The letter is addressed to a sister and the sender’s name is illegible. The letter predominantly discusses the different things happening in Brookville, Indiana in March of 1871. The highlights include a fear of small pox, a local gallery that takes pictures of the town inhabitants, and various people coming to stay for a visit.


  • 1871

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

Brookville, Indiana was originally platted in 1808 along the Whitewater River. By 1817, the town was prospering with several businesses, including a silversmith, two saddlers, a hatter, two tailors, five taverns, seven stores and an assortment of other businesses. Because of its location near the Whitewater River, the town was susceptible to floods and was frequently hit by pretty aggressive floods. After the U.S. land office relocated from Brookville to Indianapolis, the town hit an economic slump until the Whitewater Canal opened in 1839, providing some much needed economic activity.

Brookeville is the seat of Franklin County, Indiana, which was organized in 1811 and named for Benjamin Franklin. The county is known for its hardwood forests, sand, gravel and limestone.


Franklin County Historical Society. "Brookville." Communities. Accessed August 14, 2018.

Indiana Historical Bureau. "Brookville Historic District" histoircal marker. ID# 24.1992.1. Accessed August 14, 2018.

Indiana State Library. "By County" collections guide. Accessed August 14, 2018.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Bill Lewis.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2018/08/14 by Abby Currier. EAD finding aid created 2018/08/14 by Abby Currier.
Brookville, Indiana letter and photograph
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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