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Joseph G.M. Officer collection

 Collection — Folder: S2129
Identifier: S2129

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a record book of Joseph G.M. Officer containing entries ranging from 1885 to 1957. It was first used to record the Volga Literary and Debating Society meeting minutes (1885-1889) and then was used by Officer to record marriages and deaths of his previous students and fellow teachers. Other information added to the book include his 1888 essay "Macaulay"; lists of the names of students in spelling classes, days at school and times tardy; lists of visitors to school; and receipts and expenses of old settlers meeting on August 25, 1906. The collection also includes a Lancaster Mills advertisement regarding grinding prices for wheat, buck wheat, and corn that were to take effect February 20, 1867.


  • 1867-1957

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 G.M. Officer was born September 22, 1866 in Smyrna Township, Jefferson County, Indiana to William and Rhoda (Patton) Officer. He attended local schools and received his teachers training at Moores Hill College. Officer taught school for 32 years in many of the small rural schools in Smyrna and Lancaster townships. He married Mary E. Clashman in December 1892. Following Mary's death in 1933, he married Grace (Jeffries) Powell in 1948. He was a member of the Zoar Methodist Church, the Antioch Grange, the Dupont Lodge of Odd Fellows and the Neville's Grove Association. He died at the age of 93 on February 27, 1960.

Sources: "Joseph G. Officer." Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed January 8, 2021. "Johseph G.M. Officer. Find a Grave Memorial No. 142380122. Accessed January 8, 2021.

"J.G. Officer, Ex-Teacher, Dies at Volga." Madison Courier (Ind.), February 27, 1960.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mary Graves on 1981/01/23.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/06/08 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2021/01/08 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.