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C. L. Thomas collection

 Collection — Folder: S1935
Identifier: S1935

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a January 11, 1876 letter sent by Daniel McDonald, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Indiana, to C. L. Thomas of the Summit City Lodge No. 170 of Fort Wayne in response to an inquiry about Masonic rules for funerals; a March 27, 1876 letter from the Republican State Central Committee sent regarding a paper submitted by Thomas to be published in the Committee's supplement; a July 5, 1876 letter from the Central Committee stating that they were not able to pay Thomas for a lecture due to financial reasons; and a August 27, 1877 letter from W.A. Wheeler of Corvallis, Oregon offering Mr. Thomas the opportunity to purchase his interest in a newspaper for two hundred dollars. The collection also includes undated recipes for mixing colors and creating compositions rollers.


  • 1876-1877


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

The C. L. Thomas of this collection is believed to be Calvin Leonard Thomas who was born January 24, 1844 in Ohio. He later moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana and served in Company D, 5th Indiana Cavalry (90th Regiment) during the Civil War. Thomas was a printer and was a member of the local printer's union reorganized in 1868. He worked for the Fort Wayne News and the Fort Wayne Gazette. In 1877, he moved to Oregon, but returned to Fort Wayne by the end of the year. Thomas was a Mason and was an active member of Summit City Lodge No. 170. In 1900, he and his family were living in St. Louis, Missouri. Thomas died at the age of 71 on January 27, 1915.

Sources: "Calvin L. Thomas." 1900 United States Federal Census. Accessed September 22, 2020. "Calvin L. Thomas." Web: Indiana, civil War Soldier Database Index, 1861-1865. Accessed September 22, 2020.

[C.L. Thomas returned from Oregon last night]. Fort Wayne Daily News (Ind.), December 14, 1877.

[C.L. Thomas, esq. has accepted the foremanship of the Gazette office]. Fort Wayne Sentinel (Ind.), September 7, 1878. "Calvin Leonard Thomas." Find a Grave Memorial No. 54044882. Accessed September 22, 2020.

"The Pioneer Organizations Among City Labor Unons." Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette (Ind.), September 2, 1906.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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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 1998 by Andrea Bean Hough. EAD finding aid created 2020/09/22 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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