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Clarence R. Rhodes scrapbook

 Collection — Folder: S1831
Identifier: S1831

Scope and Contents

This collection includes the scrapbook of Clarence R. Rhodes containing material ranging from 1875 to 1942. The numerous mounted newspaper clippings concern the administrations of President Grover Cleveland and President Benjamin Harrison and stories about their families, cabinet members and other political appointees. Histories and stories about a variety of other topics include criminal cases, the U.S. Civil War, and the centennial celebration of President George Washington’s inauguration.

The scrapbook also has several loose items, including an October 11, 1875 funeral notice for Mrs. Sarah E. Snell, wife of Col. Thomas Snell; an August 9, 1927 invitation to a dinner held at the Columbia Club in honor of Colonel Charles A. Lindbergh; postcards from Gettysburg sent to Mr. Rhodes in 1938; a May 28, 1939 certificate of membership in the First A.R. Presbyterian Church of Tampa, Florida for Samuel S. Rhodes; 1939 cover of a Columbia Club menu with a list of 25 year members printed on reverse side; front page of an invitation to the Columbia Club’s February 19, 1940 Anniversary Beefsteak Dinner and Stag Party; a September 9, 1940 photograph of Helen Hohn on her wedding day; obituaries of Samuel S. Rhodes from July 1940; and other miscellaneous correspondence, receipts and newspaper clippings.


  • 1875-1942


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

Clarence R. Rhodes was born on September 13, 1873 at Clinton, Illinois to Samuel S. and Mary (Conklin) Rhodes. The Rhodes moved to Indianapolis, Indiana when Clarence was a small child and his father founded the S.S. Rhodes and Son hardware store in 1877. His father retired around 1915 and Clarence Rhodes continued to operate the family business until his retirement in 1942. He married Gertrude Lenore Henry on July 2, 1907 and they had one daughter. Rhodes was the oldest member of the Columbia Club when he passed away at the age of 87 on March 5, 1961.

Sources: "Clarence Rhodes." 1880 United States Federal Census. Accessed March 17, 2021.

"Clarence R. Rhodes." Indianapolis Star (Ind.), March 6, 1961.

"Rhodes-Henry." Indianapolis Star (Ind.), July 3, 1907.

"Samuel S. Rhodes, 101 Years Old, Dies." Indianapolis Star (Ind.), July 8, 1940.


0.02 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

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Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 1999 by Philip N. Williams. EAD finding aid created 2021/03/23 by Laura Eliason.
Clarence R. Rhodes scrapbook
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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