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John H. Ray diary

 Collection — Folder: S2273
Identifier: S2273

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photocopies of John H. Ray's pocket diary, with entries ranging from 1854 to 1856. Ray also used the diary to keep various newspaper clippings ranging from 1848 to 1856 regarding several political topics, including the Compromise of 1850, the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, slavery, presidential politics, prohibition, and temperance.


  • 1848-1856


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 H. Ray was born February 5, 1823 in Union County, Indiana to Robert and Hannah (Fordice) Ray. The family later moved to Decatur County. He married Sarah A. Borden in February 1850, but by August 1854 he was a widower living in Fayette County. He taught school for a time in Everton and then moved to a farm in Harmony Township, Union County. He became a foster parent to John Decamp Cassady and later he helped take care of Cassady's three children, James, Clara and Bessie. He passed away at the age of 83 on May 7, 1906.


Information found within collection. "John H. Ray." 1860 United States Federal Census. Accessed February 10, 2022. "John H. Ray." Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed February 10, 2022. "John H. Ray." Indiana, U.S., Marriages, 1810-2001. Accessed February 10, 2022.

Kelley, Clara S. Letter to Thomas Krasean, May 21, 1966. In John H. Ray diary donor file. Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Clara S. (Cassady) Kelley on 1966/06/15.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/02/10 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/02/10 by Laura Eliason.
John H. Ray diary
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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