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Mary H. Vawter letter

 Collection — Folder: S2320
Identifier: S2320

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a one-page handwritten letter sent by Mary H. Vawter of Nashville, Brown County, Indiana to Miss Mary E. Schell of the Indiana State Library. Dated June 1947 and sent with two copies of her "little book of poems," the letter mentioned that visitors were welcome and included directions on how to find her home.


  • 1947/06


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

Mary Howey Murray was born June 30, 1871 in Baltimore, Maryland to Heron C. and Cordelia (Williams) Murray. She read Chautauqua college courses for four years and was a student at the Maryland Institute, Charcoal Club, from 1892 to 1900. An accomplished artist and poet, Murray met fellow artist John William "Will" Vawter while visiting Greenfield, Indiana and they married in Chicago, Illinois on November 19, 1902. They lived in Greenfield for a few years before moving to a farm in Brown County, Indiana. The Vawters divorced in 1923 and both continued to live in Brown County. Mary Vawter also owned a home in Mathews County, Virginia and moved there a few years before her death on March 28, 1950.


"Mary H. Vawter Dies in Virginia." Brown County Democrat (Nashville, IN), May 25, 1950.

Nesbit, Joanne. "Early Artist Will Vawter." Our Brown County, March 2006.

"Outcome of a Romance." Indianapolis Journal (IN), November 22, 1902.

Thompson, Donald E., comp. Indiana Authors and Their Books, 1917-1966. Crawfordsville, IN: Wabash College, 1974.


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 records transfer at the Indiana State Library.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/05/09 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/05/09 by Laura Eliason.
Mary H. Vawter letter
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.