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Ripley County collection

Identifier: L229

Scope and Contents

This collection includes an autographed, signed letter from a meeting attendee in Ripley County and typed transcripts and documents from residents of Ripley County ranging from 1822 to 1937 regarding family and organizational histories and the U.S> Civil War.


  • 1822-1937

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.

Administrative History

Ripley County was organized by a special act of the Indiana General Assembly in 1817, a year after Indiana achieved statehood, from Dearborn and Jefferson Counties, with land added from Switzerland County in 1822. It was named for General Eleazor W. Ripley, an officer in the War of 1812. The first settlement was made in 1814. The county seat, Versailles, was laid out in 1819 and named for the native city (Versailles, France) of John De Paul, an original county commissioner. Ripley County is now divided into eleven townships and has one city, Batesville, and six incorporated towns.


Business and Professional Women of Osgood, Versailles, Milan and Holton. History of Ripley County, Indiana. Batavia, OH: The Clermont Publishing Company, 1968.

"Ripley County, Indiana." Accessed April 13, 2016.

"The Start of Ripley County, Indiana." Accessed April 13, 2016.


0.6 Cubic Feet (2 manuscript boxes)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/04/13 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2016/04/13 by Edythe Huffman.
Ripley County collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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