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Acton Park Assembly circular

 Collection — Folder: S2025
Identifier: S2025

Scope and Contents

The collection contains a circular inviting members of the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle to the Acton Park Assembly in Acton, Indiana.


  • 1887


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.

Historical Note

The Acton Park Assembly was part of the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle. The Acton Park Assembly was an annual gathering for members in southern Indiana. At the Assembly, well known Indiana authors presented their work and instructed students on proper writing techniques. Also at the Assembly, students in the “Pansy Class of 1887” were awarded diplomas and recognized for outstanding achievement. The Assembly began on July 27, 1887 and ended on August 17, 1887.

The Acton Park Assembly was held at the Acton Park Campground, approximately 11 miles southeast of Indianapolis.

Biographical Note

James C. Pulse was born in Decatur County, Indiana around 1843. He was an officer of the Acton Park Assembly and wrote the invitation to the "Pansy Class of 1887". He died on October 1, 1901 in Paragould, Arkansas.

John F. (J. F.) McKee was born around 1841 and was a lawyer in Brookville, Indiana. He was a private in Company L, 3rd Indiana Calvary, 44th Regiment before transferring to Company A, 8th Indiana Calvary, 39th Regiment during the Civil War and mustered out on July 20, 1865. He died on September 12, 1899 in Indianapolis.


"Death of J. C. Pulse." The Greensburg News. 1901/10/04. Print.

"Death of J. F. McKee." Brookville American. 1899/09/14. Print.

"Mckee, John F." 1880 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2015/08/04.

"McKee, John F." Indiana Volunteers, Eighth Calvary - Thirty-Ninth Regiment. Retrieved 2015/08/06.

"McKee, John F." Indiana Volunteers, Third Calvary - Forty-Fifth Regiment. Retrieved 2015/08/06.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)


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 2004/12/09 by Lucinda Barnhart. EAD finding aid created 2015/08/05 by Laura Eliason.
Acton Park Assembly circular
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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