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Albert Gall papers

Identifier: L272

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence from Albert Gall in California, Indiana, and elsewhere in the U.S.; legal, insurance and patent documents, financial papers; photographs; freemason materials and a biographical sketch of Alois D. Gall ranging from 1861 to 1905 regarding family and business matters and social organizations.


  • 1865-1905, undated


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

John Wallis Albert Gall was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin on November 23, 1842. He was the oldest son of Dr. Alois [Albert] D. (who served as a surgeon in the Civil War) and Caroline Gall. He had an older sister, Bertha and younger brother, Edmond. Gall and his family moved to Indianapolis, Indianapolis when he was five. In 1853 his father was appointed consul to Antwerp, where Gall finished his education. He returned to Indianapolis in 1859, entering the dry goods profession. Shortly thereafter, Gall went to San Francisco, California, where he remained for four years. He returned to Indianapolis, working for J. Kraus and Company, dealing in carpets, later buying an interest in the firm, which soon became known as Kraus and Gall, then Albert Gall. Gall was elected Indiana state treasurer in 1890 and 1892. He was active in many organizations, especially as a freemason and a Knights Templar.

Gall married Louisa [Louise] C. Ruschaupt on October 20, 1864. They had three sons, Eddie, Albert and Freddie and one daughter, Berthe. Albert Gall died on October 13, 1905 and was buried in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis.

Sources: "Albert Gall." Indiana, Marriage Index, 1800-1941. Accessed July 27, 2016. "Albert Gall." 1860 United States Federal Census. Accessed July 27, 2016. "John Wallis Albert [Gale]." Wisconsin, Births and Christenings Index, 1801-1928. Accessed July 27, 2016. "Albert Gall." Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current. Accessed July 27, 2016.

"Gall, Albert." History of Raper Commandery No. 1 Knights Templar. Indianapolis, Ind. The Commandery, 1925.

"Gall, Albert."


1 Cubic Feet (3 manuscript boxes)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/07/27 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2016/07/27 by Edythe Huffman.
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Repository Details

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.