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Sarah P. Walker Dorsey collection

 Collection — Folder: S1936
Identifier: S1936

Scope and Contents

This collection includes twenty five calling cards and invitations given to Sarah "Sallie" P. Walker and William L. Dorsey of Princeton, Indiana (1848-1857). The bulk of the calling cards contain short notes requesting the company of the recipient to attend social events in the community. The collection also includes the minutes kept by Mr. Dorsey regarding an August 11, 1864 "Rebel Raid Meeting" of the citizens of Princeton and vicinity for the purpose of organizing a company to protect against a Confederate Army raid. The collection also has a piece of realia - a small, wooden ring.


  • 1848-1864


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

Sarah "Sallie" P. Walker was born June 1, 1839 in Monroe County, Indiana to Rev. George W. and Martha (Bryant) Walker. The family later moved to Princeton, Indiana. She married William L. Dorsey (1829-1885) on December 15, 1858 and they had 7 children. She was one of the "Crusaders," a group of women from Gibson County who in 1874 entered seven Princeton saloons and liberated the contents of casks and barrels. As a result of the women's actions, four of the establishments never reopened their doors. In 1920 she moved to Indianapolis to live with her daughter and passed away there at the age of 86 on August 29, 1925.

Sources: Sarah P. Dorsey." 1900 United States Federal Census. Assessed September 24, 2020.

"Last of the Crusaders." Indianapolis News (Ind.), August 31, 1925.

"Mrs. Dorsey Last 'County Crusader'." Princeton Clarion-News (Ind.), August 31, 1925.

"Mrs. Sarah P. Dorsey." Indianapolis Star (Ind.), August 30, 1925.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

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 2020/09/24 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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