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Denver C. Harlan papers

Identifier: L238

Scope and Contents

This collection includes letters, maps, photographs, real estate descriptions, bills, Arbutus (Indiana University year book), documents concerning legislation and politics and college class notes from Denver C. Harlan and others in Indiana and Iowa from 1866 to 1927 regarding education, map selling, census taking, yearbook publishing, realty transactions, legislation and politics.


  • 1866-1927, undated


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

Denver Carl Harlan was born Mar. 6, 1886 to Milton M. and Sarah Jane Van Nuys Harlan in Wayne County, Indiana. He had an older sister, Grace G. Harlan attended Valparaiso University, receiving a B.S. in 1906, Indiana University, receiving an A.B. in 1909 and Indiana Law School in Indianapolis in 1910-1911. Harlan worked as a map salesman in Iowa for the Scarborough Company of Indianapolis in 1908. He was admitted to the bar in 1911. He married Pauline Mesle Salmon in 1910 or 1911, and she died in 1912. He then married Laveno [Lavene] Melinda Caldwen Bowermaster in Wayne County on April 30, 1914, with whom he had one son, John Marshall. Denver was a lawyer in Wayne County and a partner in Harlan, Harlan, Schussler and Keller. He served in the Indiana General Assembly as a senator from 1923-1929 and was president pro tempore. He also served as a director of the Richmond First National Bank from 1953 on and vice president of the Richmond Home Telephone Company. He died on Jan. 17, 1968 and is buried in Earlham Cemetery, Richmond, Wayne County.

Information found within the collection.

"Harlan, Denver" 1940 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2016/06/06.

"Harlan, Denver C.". Indiana, Marriage Index,, 1800-1941. Retrieved 2016/06/06.

"Harlan, Denver C.". North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000. Retrieved 2016/06/06.

"Harlan, Denver C.". U.S., Find a Grave Index, 1600s-current. Retrieved 2016/06/06.

"Harlan, Denver C.". Wayne County, Indiana, Quaker Funeral Home Records, 1939-1974. Retrieved 2016/06/06.

"Harlan, Denver Carl". Indiana Legislator Biographies. Retrieved 2016/06/08.!/legislator/4672/Denver-Harlan


2.4 Cubic Feet (8 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize folder)


This collection is arranged by subject, then chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from John Marshall Harlan on 1971/08/30.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/06/08 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2016/06/08 by Edythe Huffman.
Denver C. Harlan 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.