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Indiana Historical Bureau collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S2227

Scope and Contents

This collection includes typewritten transcriptions of correspondence contained in the Dunihue papers on deposit at Indiana University. Ranging from 1832 to 1836, the letters were sent to Alexander and Daniel Dunihue of Bedford, Indiana from their cousins Harriet E. Gardiner and Caroline Gardiner and from Richard Wigginton Thompson.

The collection also includes photostats of the following documents copied from the originals housed in the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana: an April 8, 1848 letter sent by Thompson to Alexander W. Bradford regarding an invitation to a commemoration of Henry Clay; a June 18, 1852 address given by Thompson at the Whig Convention held at Baltimore; a draft of a January 15, 1856 letter to Horace Greeley in response to his critique of a speech by Thompson; a January 24, 1860 letter marked "private" sent by Thompson to unknown recipient regarding the necessity of holding a national Constitutional Union Party convention; a June 16, 1860 letter sent to Thompson by Henry S. Lane from Crawfordsville, Ind.; a December 22, 1860 letter sent by Thompson to John Letcher regarding Virginia trade; and Thompson's August 9, 1864 letter sent to Daniel W. Voorhees about a package of pro-slavery pamphlets found in the Board of Enrollment offices.

Other items in the collection include a copy of "Summary of the Activity of the Navy Recruiting Station, Indianapolis, From December 7, 1941 to January 1, 1945," a report submitted by Chief Officer H.F. Dowell on February 12, 1945 and a copy of "The Indiana Society of Washington, D.C. Celebrates the Sesquicentennial of Indiana Territory 1800-1950," a speech given February 19, 1950 at the Washington National Airport by Homer E. Capehart, United States Senator of Indiana.


  • 1832-1950

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 Indiana Historical Commission was created in 1915 to plan Indiana's 1916 centennial celebration. Besides leading the centennial statehood celebrations, the commission also went on to gather and publish important historical documents, collect records from World War I, and mark historical locations around the state. In March 1925, the General Assembly passed a new law reorganizing the Indiana Historical Commission into the Indiana Historical Bureau. The mission of the Bureau is to “provide publications, programs, and other opportunities for Indiana citizens of all ages to learn and teach about the history of their communities, the state of Indiana, and their relationships to the nation and world.”


Indiana Historical Bureau. "About the Historical Bureau." Accessed September 8, 2021.

Marino, Michella. "Happy 105th Anniversary to Us!" Indiana History Blog. Indiana Historical Bureau. March 8, 2020.


0.02 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a records transfer from the Indiana Historical Bureau in 1945/02, 1947/07, and in 1950/03.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

S1569: Indiana Historical Bureau correspondence and papers

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/09/08 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2021/09/08 by Laura Eliason.
Indiana Historical Bureau collection
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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