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Walter H. Kiser papers

 Collection — Folder: S2276
Identifier: S2276

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photocopies of research papers from Walter H. Kiser, including a typewritten transcription of "Aaron Burr's Canal Project at the Falls of the Ohio," an essay read by John H. Stotsenburg before the Clark County Historical Society in December 1904, and typewritten histories of various steamboats built in New Albany, Indiana, transcribed from Way's Steamboat Directory (1944), Way's Directory of Western Water Packets (1950), The Waterways Journal (August 7, 1954), and New Albany newspapers (1862-1953).


  • 1862-1954

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

Walter Harry Kiser was a lifelong resident of New Albany, Floyd County, Indiana. Born November 10, 1902, he was the younger son of Frank and Mary (Yeager) Kiser. Kiser graduated from New Albany High School and was awarded a scholarship to the John Herron Art School in Indianapolis in 1923. He later studied at the Louisville Art Academy and won scholarships to study at Syracuse University in 1935 and 1936. A commercial artist for the Louisville Times and Courier-Journal, his pen and ink sketches of historic buildings around Kentucky and southern Indiana appeared weekly in theTimes from 1934 to 1942. Kiser was a local historian and member of the Floyd County Historical Society and he passed away at the age of 77 on January 13, 1980.

Sources: "Walter H. Kiser." Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed February 14, 2022.

"Southern Indiana Deaths: Walter H. Kiser." Courier_Journal (Louisville, KT), Jan 14, 1980.

"Walter Kiser's Works Form 1-Man Exhibit at Museum." Courier_Journal (Louisville, KY), May 7, 1939.

Weigel, Richard. "History on Display: 'Sketches' Would Make Fine Gift." Bowling Green Daily News (KY), Dec 15, 2019.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Walter H. Kiser.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/02/14 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/02/14 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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