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Roswell C. Smith letter

 Collection — Folder: S2344
Identifier: S2344

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a July 14, 1862 letter written by Roswell C. Smith of Lafayette, Indiana to a Mr. Wood (?). In the letter he discusses the war, a picnic held at his family farm, the celebration of his 10th wedding anniversary, the Ellsworth house, and Lew Wallace.


  • 1862/07/14


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

Roswell C. Smith was born March 30, 1829 in Lebanon, Connecticut to Asher L. and Wealthy (Pratt) Smith. His dad's brother, also named Roswell C. Smith, was the author of a several early textbooks. The younger Smith was educated at Brown University, then studied law with Thomas C. Perkins in Hartford, Connecticut. He moved to Lafayette, Indiana to practice law and entered the real estate office of Henry L. Ellsworth. On July 5, 1852, Smith married Ellsworth's only daughter, Annie Goodrich Ellsworth. In 1868, he closed out his business in Indiana and went to New Orleans, Louisiana then to Europe. While in Europe he met Dr. J. G. Holland. They entered into a partnership and began publishing Scribner's Monthly in 1870. The magazine's name was later changed to The Century Magazine and Smith served as president of the Century Company until he died of Bright's disease on April 19, 1892.


"Death of Roswell C. Smith." Lafayette Daily Courier (IN), April 19, 1892. "Roswell Chamberlain Smith." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed May 16, 2022.

"Founder of Scribner's. Dr. J.G. Holland's Partner and Friend is Dead. Roswell Smith's Life Work and Various Literary Enterprises." The Boston Globe (MA), April 20, 1892.


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 purchase on 1967/11/12.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/05/16 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/05/16 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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