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Joseph Francis papers

Identifier: L247

Scope and Contents

This collection includes letters from various people to Harriet Louise Hooker in Indianapolis, Indiana; autographed and typed sermons; autographed journals and diaries; photographs; publications of various Episcopalian churches and dioceses; newspaper articles; a guestbook and a scrapbook; a genealogy and biographies; tributes; and speeches from Joseph Francis ranging from 1817 to 1950, regarding foreign travels, service in World War I, sermons, career, family life, history of Episcopalian church in Indianapolis and miscellaneous.


  • 1817-1950, 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

Joseph Marshall Francis was born in Eaglesmere, Pennsylvania on April 6, 1862 to James Booth and Charlotte Augusta (Marshall) Francis. He was the youngest of four children. His mother was a descendant of Chief Justice John Marshall. Francis received his education from the Episcopal Academy in Pennsylvania, his B.A. from Racine College in Wisconsin, his B. Div. from Nashotah House and did graduate work at Oxford University in 1885. He received honorary Doctor of Divinity Degrees from Nashotah House in 1899 and Hobart College in 1901.

Fracis married Kate Stevens on June 14, 1887. They had no children.

He was ordained a deacon in 1884 and ordained in 1886. Francis served parishes in Wisconsin from 1884 to 1887, was a missionary in Japan from 1887 to 1897 and a rector of Saint Paul's Church in Evansville, Indiana in 1898. He was consecrated as the sixth bishop of the (Episcopalian) Diocese of Indianapolis, Indiana, serving from 1899 to 1939. Bishop Francis served as chaplain of Base Hospital #32 in France during 1917-1918. Francis died in Indianapolis on February 13, 1939 and was buried in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis.


Items in the collection. "Joseph Marshall Francis." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed June 24, 2016.


1.3 Cubic Feet (4 manuscript boxes)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Alice Hooker Russell on 1977/10/12.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/06/24 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2016/06/24 by Edythe Huffman.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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