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Goolsbury Rogers copybook

 Collection — Folder: S1808
Identifier: S1808

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photocopies of a copybook owned by Goolsbury Rogers containing entries ranging from 1837 to 1878 and 1971. The bulk of the copybook contains rules, applications and examples of basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and instructions on how to use these arithmetic operations to solve a variety of problems, such as how to figure "Federal" money and English money and how to determine various weights and measures. The book was used by other family members and includes penmanship exercises, handwritten copies of the poem "The Schoolmaster's Medley" and the song "Put My Little Shoes Away,” and biographical information about the Rogers family. The collection also includes a copy of “Goolsbury Rodgers: His Book 1837," a biography and description of the information found within the copybook written by Goolsbury’s great-great-granddaughter Paticia N. DeMore (circa 1980s).


  • 1837-1860, 1971-circa 1980


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights resides with the creators of the documents or their legal heirs and assigns. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical / Historical

Goolsbury Rogers (Rodgers) was born on June 15, 1819 in Kentucky to Travis and Betsy Rogers. By 1840, he and several of his siblings were living in Indiana. Rogers married Martha Hoagland on December 15, 1840 and they lived in Perry Township, Marion County where their first four children, Elizabeth, James H., William T. and John T., were born. Their fifth child, George W., was born following the family's move to Johnson County. A farmer by trade, Rogers passed away at the age of 35 on January 12, 1855 and was buried in the Hiatt famiy cemetery in Johnson County.


Information found within collection. "Goolsberry Rodgers." 1850 Unites States Federal Census. Accessed November 14, 2018.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. Pat DeMore on 1972/09/21 and Louise J. Raia on 1988/10/18.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2018/11/19 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2018/11/19 by Laura Eliason.
Goolsbury Rodgers copybook
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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