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Ina E. Kestner collection

 Collection — Folder: S2275
Identifier: S2275

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a photocopy of "My Most Thrilling Experience," a handwritten account of Jimmie Doolittle's biplane performance at the dedication of the Indianapolis Municipal Airport. Donated by Ina E. Kestner, the personal account has a few notations added to the margins and was likely a school assignment written by her son, Elmer. Please note that the document mentions that the event was "Last October 30," but the airport dedication took place September 26-27, 1931.


  • circa 1932

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

Ina Elizabeth Hamilton was born August 20, 1891 in Medora, Jackson County, Indiana to John W. and Florence (Zollman) Hamilton. She was a graduate of Medora High School and the Indiana Conservatory of Music. Hamilton married Dr. Elmer N. Kestner and they had four children: Elmer, Jr., Florence, Mary Alice, and Margaret. Besides taking care of the family home in Brownstown, she also worked as a clerical assistant at the county courthouse and as manager of a county license branch. Kesnter passed away at the age of 96 on September 22, 1987.


"Ina kestner." Jackson County Banner (Brownstown, IN), September 29, 1987.

"Kestner-Hamilton." Jackson County Banner (Brownstown, IN), July 14, 1915.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection consists of one item.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Ina E. Kestner in 1966.


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:

L209: Indiana Sesquicentennial Manuscripts Project collection: (MS-182) Elmer Kestner papers, 1911-1944, undated (Box 6, folder 9)

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/02/11 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/02/11 by Laura Eliason.
Ina E. Kestner collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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