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Roche family papers

 Collection — Folder: S1806
Identifier: S1806

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of eleven letters within the Roche family. Most of the letters are addressed either “Dear Brother” or “Dear Sister”. All of the letters are handwritten and discuss family business as well as local events. They cover a variety of different topics and reflect life in the 1830s, 1840s and 1850s.


  • 1838-1852


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

Fort Wayne was originally settled because of its strategic location where three rivers meet; the St. Mary’s, the St. Joseph, and the Maumee Rivers. Allen County, which houses Fort Wayne, was established in 1824 and in the 1830s the Wabash and Erie Canal was introduced into Fort Wayne. This brought a lot of commerce into the city. When the railroad came to Fort Wayne years later, the city soon held a key position along the Pennsylvania Railroad. Immigrants started pouring into the city seeking jobs.

Source: Visit Fort Wayne.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)


This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

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


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.


Roche family papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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