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Joseph Marshall Francis collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S2262

Scope and Contents

This collection contains several items of Joseph and Kate Francis from the time they lived in Japan in the 1890s, including a letter, an unused postcard, a newspaper and several telegrams written in Japanese. A few of the items are dated, including a February 10, 1894 postcard written in English by Kate Francis and sent to Mrs. C. M. Stevens of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; a housing contract for the summer of 1896 written in Japanese; and several tickets for a charity bazaar that was held in April 1897 for the benefit of the Takinogawa Orphanage, with English on one side and Japanese on the reverse.

The collection also contains items from Bishop Francis's 1927 Mediterranean cruise and Middle East tour, including an itinerary for his trip, a program from a concert held March 3 on the ship, his travel diary entries from March 3 to March 30, a March 30 letter written to his wife on Luxor Winter Palace hotel letterhead, and a print of a photographic image with "Alger" printed above the image and "Dans la Palmeraie" printed below.


  • 1927


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 Marshall Francis was born April 6, 1862 in Eaglesmere, Pennsylvania to James B. and Charlotte A. (Marshall) Francis. He attended Racine College and Oxford University in England. He was ordained a deacon in the Episcopal Church on December 21, 1884 and ordained a priest on December 19, 1886. He received the degree of doctor of divinity from the Theological Seminary in Nashotah, Wisconsin in 1899 and from Hobart College in 1901. He married Kate Stevens of Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 14, 1887, and when he was sent as a missionary to Japan that same year, Kate accompanied him. He later served as priest in charge of the cathedral in Tokyo and professor of dogmatic theology in the Trinity Divinity School there. He and his wife returned to the United States in 1898 and he became the rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Evansville, Indiana. In 1899, he was consecrated bishop of the Indianapolis diocese of the Episcopal Church, and except for his service as an army chaplain during World War I, he remained with the Indianapolis diocese until his death at the age of 76 on February 13, 1939.

Sources: "Joseph Marshall Francis." Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed January 24, 2022.

"Local Bishop of Episcopal Church Dead: Rt. Rve. Joseph M. Francis, 76, Oldest Prelate in American Branch of Communion." Indianapolis Star (IN), February 14, 1939.


0.02 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. Alice H. Russell in 1977/11.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/01/24 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/01/24 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.