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Ignatius Brown papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S1960

Scope and Contents

This collection includes autographed poems and writings, pencil drawings and official documents from Ignatius Brown and others in Indiana, New Orleans, Louisiana; Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee ranging from 1856 to 1861 and regarding life, Civil War battles, and a vessel clearance from port.

There is also an oversize folder containing editions of newspapers including the Weekly Indiana Citizen, the Central Normal News, and the Normal Herald, ranging from 1859 to 1886 (OB221).


  • 1856-1861, 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

Ignatius Brown was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on August 11, 1831. He attended Marion County Seminary and received his law degree from Indiana University in 1852. Brown married to Elizabeth Marsee on May 5, 1857, and they had three children. He worked in his father's law office but practiced on his own after his father's death. Brown was active in politics in the Republican Party and organized the first Board of Trade in Indianapolis. He prepared historical sketches of Indianapolis for directories. Ignatius Brown died on July 8, 1903 and was buried in the Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana.


Items in the collection. "Ignatius Brown." 1870 United States Federal Census. Accessed July 25, 2014. "Ignatius Brown." Indiana, Select Marriages, 1780-1992. Accessed July 25, 2014. "Ignatius Brown." U.S., Find a Grave Index. Accessed July 25, 2014.


0.06 Cubic Feet (1 folder, 1 medium oversize folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

OB221: Ignatius Brown oversize collection

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 1998 by Jennifer Born. EAD finding aid created 2014/07/25 by Edythe Huffman. Oversize collection processed 2021/09/10 by Lauren Patton.
Ignatius Brown 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.