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Princeton Public Library collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S2350

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photocopies of material donated by the Princeton Public Library in Princeton, Indiana, including song lyrics from 1853 to 1869 and undated, and the meeting minutes of the Washingtonian Temperance Society meeting minutes from 1844 to 1849. The bulk of the collection consists of copies of the record book of the Gibson County Horticultural and Agricultural Society. The records include the constitution and articles of association dated September 19, 1857, and the meeting minutes and treasurer's reports from 1858 to 1897. The collection also includes copies of two newspaper articles, "Our County Fairs: How They Shall Be Conducted in the Future" from February 1876 and "County Fairs: Meeting of Neighboring Agricultural Officials" from December 1886.


  • 1844-1897


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.

Historical Note

On August 9, 1881, 36 residents of Princeton, Indiana met for the purpose of establishing a library. The library was named the Princeton Library Association and was initially only available to those who paid an annual fee. Under a law approved in March 1883, the town's board of trustees was allowed to levy a tax for the purchase of books on condition that the library should be opened free to all the inhabitants of the town. In 1903, the library association dissolved and all property, both real and personal, was transfered to a public library board appointed by the city of Princeton.


Princeton Public Library. "About Us." Accessed May 26, 2022.

Stormont, Gil R. History of Gibson County, Indiana: Her People, Industries and Institutions. Indianapolis, IN: B.F. Bowen and Co., 1914.


0.05 Cubic Feet (5 folders)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from the Princeton (Ind.) Public Library in December 1965.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/05/27 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/05/27 by Laura Eliason.
Princeton Public Library 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.