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Martin County, Indiana collection

 Collection — Folder: S2088
Identifier: S2088

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a handwritten copy of “The Cold Plague,” an article written by C. G. Sefrit of Washington, Indiana about the destruction of the Martin County, Indiana town of Hindostan due to an epidemic. The article was copied by the Martin County Republican and published on July 19, 1901. The collection also includes a five-page, typewritten history regarding the Martin County community of Mt. Pleasant. Compiled by an unknown person, the history was taken from an article published in the Washington Democrat (IN) on October 2, 1924, and from an article published in the Shoals News on March 8, 1946 (incorrectly dated as March 2).


  • 1901-circa 1946

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

Martin County, Indiana was formed in 1820 from land originally part of Daviess County. The area below the Lost River in the southeastern part of the county was originally part of Dubois County. The first county seat was at Hindostan, but after the town fell victim to an epidemic referred to as the "cold plague," the county seat was moved to Mt. Pleasant in 1828. The county seat, or just the name of the town, was changed several more times before finally being established at Shoals in 1876.


Holt, Harry Q. History of Martin County, Indiana. Paoli, Ind.:Stout's Print Shop, 1953.

Indiana Genealogy Trails. "Welcome to Martin County, Indiana: History and Genealogy." Accessed August 10, 2021.

Martin County INGenWeb. "Martin County History." Accessed August 11, 2021.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Daniel Brooks on 1961/01/05.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/08/11 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2021/08/11 by Laura Eliason.
Martin County, Indiana 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.