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Durbin family collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S2022

Scope and Contents

All documents in this collection, excluding the 1919-1920 diary, reflect business transactions between members of the Durbin family. The documents date from 1818-1942 and include a variety of financial records, a notebook, notes, letters and a newspaper clipping. Three land certificates are signed by President James Monroe. Also included is an indenture dated, February 3, 1825 between Amos Durbin and Richard Perry for Perry's daughter to be bound to Durbin for nine years.

The travel diary was kept by Mrs. Ira Washington Christian and includes three sections. In 1919, a trip from Edinburgh to Salem, Indiana, during which the Christians visited family sites and conducted genealogical interviews. The 1920 section, details a trip to the Florida Everglades and the third section, dated 1920, describes a trip to Andersonville, Georgia.


  • 1818-1942


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

Amos Durbin, Sr. was one of the first settlers in Nineveh Township. By the 1830s, he and his son, William, both lived in Johnson County, Indiana. Amos was married to Susannah Durbin. Amos Durbin, Jr., also of Johnson County, was married to Mary Ann Durbin.


0.03 Cubic Feet (3 folders)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Portia Christian on 1978/08/17 and 1978/09/01.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed by Philip N. Williams in 1999. EAD finding aid created by Bethany Fiechter on 2016/08/25.
Durbin family collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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