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Lucien V. Rule collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S2141

Scope and Contents

This collection includes Lucien V. Rule’s typewritten copies of correspondence of the Barbour family (1853-1862) and his personal and professional correspondence, documents, and newspaper clippings regarding his family, ministry, and historical and literary pursuits (1921-1923). The collection also includes copies of Rule’s poems and essays, including “Samuel Shannon, Giant of God in Old Salem Presbytery,” “Pen Portraits of Presbyterian Pioneers,” and “Dupes of Destiny: Tragic and Bitter Romance of Christopher Harrison and Elizabeth Patterson” (1934-1943).


  • 1853-1862, 1921-1937


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 / Historical

Lucien V. Rule was born on August 29, 1872 in Oldham County, Kentucky to Rev. John and Mary Rule. He graduated from Centre College (Danville, Kentucky) in 1893 and received an honorary doctor-of-letters from the college in 1939. He was an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church and served congregations in Kentucky and Southern Indiana and as chaplain of the old Indiana Reformatory at Jeffersonville for 9 years. He was an author of several books of poetry, history, and sociology and was the historian of the Presbyterian Synod of Indiana for more than twenty years. He married Ida Lee McClure on June 6, 1916 and they had one daughter. He passed away at the age of 75 on February 13, 1948.


“Dr. Rule Rites Are Conducted.” Seymour Daily Tribune (IN), February 16, 1948.

“Dr. Lucian V. Rule Dies Friday.” The Brownstown Banner (IN), February 18, 1948. “Rev. Lucien V. Rule.” Memorial ID 59346971. Accessed November 30, 2018.

“McClure-Rule: Reformatory Chaplain to Wed on Tuesday Evening.” The Evening News (Jeffersonville, IN), June 6, 1916.


0.04 Cubic Feet (4 folders)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donations from Lucien V. Rule and his family in 1943 and 1950.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2018/11/30 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2018/11/30 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.