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Grouseland Foundation collection

 Collection — Folder: S2049
Identifier: S2049

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a copy of "Grouseland Foundation Request to Protect History," a spiral bound booklet containing copies of seven letters sent in 2006 to Dr. Richard Helton, President of Vincennes University, in support of the Grouseland Foundation's request to the university that it donate land once known as "Walnut Grove" and was the site of historic meetings between William Henry Harrison and Tecumseh. The booklet also includes photocopies of two newspaper clippings: a small article about fast-growing businesses from the June 8, 2006 Indianapolis Star and a June 11, 2006 editorial from the Vincennes Sun-Commercial regarding the Foundation's request. The collection also has two copies of a brochure promoting Grouseland and the Walnut Grove (circa 2010).


  • 2006-circa 2010

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Literary rights, including copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their legal heirs and assigns. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts. The publisher must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Historical Note

Grouseland is a Federal-style mansion completed in 1804 and located in Vincennes, Indiana. The mansion was the home of President William Henry Harrison and his family when he served as governor of the Indiana Territory. The house was sold by Harrison's heirs in the 1850s and changed ownership several times before being purchased by the Vincennes Water Company with plans to demolish the house. The Francis Vigo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) campaigned to save the mansion and was given custody of the home in 1909. The Gouseland Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization, took over operations of the historic home in February 2000.

In 2006, Vincennes University donated the land known as "Walnut Grove" to the Grouseland Foundation. The property was the site of the famous meetings between Harrison and Shawnee leader Tecumseh in 1810 and 1811. At both meetings, Tecumseh sought to negate the Treaty of Fort Wayne that was negotiated by Harrison in 1809 to transfer three million acres of land from Native Americans to the United States. The lack of resolution between the leaders led to the Battle of Tippecanoe on November 7, 1811.


Information found within collection.

Sebring, Edward L. "Grouseland: William Henry Harrison Mansion Now Operated by Foundation." Vincennes Sun-Commercial (Ind.), February 6, 2000.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2020/10/14 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2020/10/14 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.