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Jennie Wells Lehman collection

 Collection — Folder: S2278
Identifier: S2278

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photocopies of the several items from Jennie Wells Lehman: a program from the second commencement of the Indianapolis Female Institute held on June 26, 1862; an October 3, 1966 letter written by Lehman and sent to Edgar B. Smith of the Department of Public Instruction in Indianapolis; her one-page family history of the Vanhoutens; and a history she wrote about her grandfather Henry Wells that includes her early memories of Crown Point and brief biographical information about her husband and children dated October 1966.


  • 1862, 1966


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

Jennie Myrtle Wells was born June 19, 1873 in Crown Point, Lake County, Indiana to Rodman H. and Emily (Vanhouten) Wells. She was the granddaughter of Frank Wells, the first sheriff of Lake County. Wells married Herman J. Lehman on November 9, 1898 and they had 4 children. In 1920, the Lehmans moved to Florida, where Herman later served as a state representative and as mayor of Sanford. Jennie Lehman was a member of the Sanford Woman's Club, the Sanford Presbyterian Church, and was a former regent of the Sally Harrison Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Jennie Lehman died at the age of 95 on August 5, 1968.


Information found within collection. "Jennie Myrtle Wells." North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000. Accessed February 16, 2022.

"Mrs. Jennie W. Lehman." Orlando Sentinel (FL), August 6, 1968.


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 Jennie Wells Lehman on 1966/10/17.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/10/16 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/02/16 by Laura Eliason.
Jennie Wells Lehman 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.