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Elizabeth Shaw Smith papers

 Collection — Folder: S2261
Identifier: S2261

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photocopies of correspondence of Elizabeth Shaw Smith, including a July 2, 1862 letter sent by Frederick Thiebaud from Camp Morton, Indianapolis; an October 15, 1863 letter from her friend Mollie Peelman; a February 25, 1864 letter sent by J. (Jesse) D. Hall from Camp Carrington at Indianapolis; two letter sent by Hall from Fort Pulaski, Tennessee in May 1864 and on June 12, 1864 while serving with the 10th Indiana Cavalry; a June 25, 1865 letter sent by O. (Oliver) M. Smith from camp near Stevenson Station, Virginia; and a March 23, 1869[?] letter written by her sister Maggie. Other items in the collection include handwritten transcriptions of Hall's May 1864 letter and Maggie Shaw's March 23rd letter; a photocopy of a January 3, 1897 letter sent to Elizabeth's daughter Mamie from a relative in Louisville, Kentucky, possibly her cousin Lula McCulloch; and a photocopy of "Mother, Home and Heaven," a five stanza poem or song (three of the stanzas end with a "chorus") copied by hand by Oliver M. Smith.


  • 1862-1897


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

Elizabeth Shaw was born December 7, 1844 in Craig Township, Switzerland County, Indiana to Archibald and Margaret (Anderson) Shaw. Friends and family called her "Libbie" and "Lizzie". She married Oliver M. Smith in February 1866 and they had seven children. She was a life long resident of Switzerland County and passed away at her home at the age of 93 on October 15, 1938.

Sources: "Elizabeth Smith." Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed January 20, 2022.

"Mrs. Elizabeth Smith, Braytown Resident, succumbs Saturday." Vevay Reveille-Enterprise (IN), October 20, 1938.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Anita Peters on 1977/11/22.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 1998 by Philip N. Williams. EAD finding aid created 2022/01/21 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.