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Zerilla L. Kimberling collection

 Collection — Folder: S2361
Identifier: S2361

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the diary of Zerilla L. Kimberling written in the 1878 purchasers' pass book, "Leading Business Firms of Shelbyville, Ind." The diary entries mention the weather, church activities, and her paternal grandparents' genealogy and range from 1879 to 1881. The collection also includes photocopies of letters to Zerilla and her sister, Estella, and range from 1883 to 1905. The bulk of the letters were written to Zerilla from her friend, Iva Rice Beard, and discuss love, marriage, teaching and Clinton County, Indiana news.


  • 1883-1904


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

Zerilla Leona Kimberling was born January 30, 1864 in Shelby County, Indiana to James and Hannah Kimberling. She was a school teacher and taught in both Shelby and Bartholomew counties. She passed away at the age of 73 on October 17, 1937.

Sources: "Zerelda Leona Kimberling." Indiana Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed January 12, 2017.

"Death Claims Former Teacher. Miss Zerilla Kimberling Dies in Hope Following Lingering Illness." Columbus Republican (IN), Monday, October 18, 1937. Accessed January 11, 2017.


0.03 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a records transfer from the Indiana Division, Indiana State Library on 1977/10/05.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2017/01/12 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2017/01/12 by Laura Eliason.
Zerilla L. Kimberling 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.