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Mary Alexander Kaufman collection

 Collection — Folder: S1891
Identifier: S1891

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of one poem titled, "Major's Only Son," the tale of an ill-fated and fatal love affair. It is handwritten on four pages and is composed of sixty-seven rhymed couplets or one hundred and thirty-four lines. When asked when the poem was written, Darwin Kelley, Mary Alexander Kaufman's great grandson, answered that it was "probably written and revised over a long period, 1855-1890."


  • 1855-1890


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

Mary Alexander was born at Belmont, Waldo County, Maine, in 1824. She married John Kaufman on July 10, 1851. Mr. and Mrs. Kaufman lived in Whitley County, Indiana, where they raised four children.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation on 1977/02/21 by Darwin Kelley.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in August 1998 by Phillip Williams. EAD finding aid created 2014/12/16 by Bethany Fiechter.
Mary Alexander Kaufman collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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