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Ruth M. Stine collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S2355

Scope and Contents

This collection contains several items donated by Ruth Stine, including the ferry book of John Bell of Fountain County, Indiana from 1830; a partial ferry book of Benjamin Freeman from 1830; James M. Howard's cash book for his Perrysville, Indiana shoe store with entries from 1884 to 1887; and a ciphering book containing questions and answers for various mathematical calculations, including for reduction of currencies, interest, the rule of three, and compound proportion. The ciphering book was also used by Henry Coleman of Perrysville, Indiana as a daybook and to record family information from 1851 to 1876, and as a scrapbook to hold newspaper clippings regarding various recipes and home curatives from 1880 and undated.

There is also an oversized broadside, "The Human Skeleton from the October 1899 The Practical Teacher (OBD006).


  • 1830-1899

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

Ruth Mildred Fox was born February 24, 1912 in Highland Township, Vermillion County, Indiana to Homer Wesley (1886–1957) and Minnie (Brewer) Fox (1887-1980). She graduated from Newport High School in 1929, then attended Illinois Wesleyan University and the Indiana State Teachers College and earned a masters degree in education. Fox taught school for more than 30 years, mostly in Highland Township schools, and also served in leadership positions as a member of the Governor Bradford Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Vermillion County Historical Society. She married twice, first to Clarence W. Stine (1899-1859) in November 1945, then to Harold Martin Hughes (1911-2006) in June 1975. Ruth Fox Stine passed away at the age of 72 on December 28, 1984.

Sources: "Ruth Fox Stine." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed June 6, 2022.

"Ruth Hughes." Obituary. Cayuga Herald-News (IN), January 2, 1985.


0.13 Cubic Feet (3 folders, 1 extra-large oversize folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. Clarence (Ruth) Stine on 1966/07/25.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/06/06 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/06/06 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid revised 2022/06/07; 2022/11/10 by Brittany Kropf.
Ruth M. Stine 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.