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Harold F. Brigham papers

Identifier: L282

Scope and Contents

This collection includes professional correspondence, speeches, notes, research, clippings, newsletters, meeting minutes, bibliographies, and other materials created and compiled by Harold F. Brigham in Louisville, Kentucky and Indianapolis, Indiana ranging from 1899 to 1967 regarding his work as a librarian in Kentucky and at the Indiana State Library. There are also a few materials relating to Merriwether Lewis and William Clark, which Brigham used in his talk at the Conversation Club in Louisville, including the transcript of a letter from William Clark in St. Louis, Missouri to his brother George Rogers Clark on September 23, 1806, the day the Lewis and Clark expedition returned. The original letter is located at the Missouri Historical Society.


  • 1899-1967


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

Harold Frederick Brigham was born in Newark, New Jersey on May 25, 1897. After graduating from Princeton University in 1921, he attended the library school at the New York Public Library, completing the program in 1922. He was married to Rose Shuler in 1921. The couple had two sons and one daughter. Brigham worked as a city librarian in Louisville, Kentucky before accepting a position as the director of the Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, Indiana in 1942, in place of acting director, Christopher B. Coleman. Brigham was very active in the local communities in Louisville and Indianapolis and spoke before the Y.M.C.A., Indiana Library Association, Kentucky Library Association, Indianapolis Literary Club, several rotary clubs, educational institutions, and the American Library Association. Brigham died on March 15, 1971.


Items in the collection. "Harold F. Brigham." Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Marriage Index, 1885-1951. Retrieved April 22, 2013. htttp://

Who's Who and What's What in Indiana Politics: This Book Is the Story of Indiana Politics and Indiana Politicians. Indianapolis, IN: James E. Perry, 1944.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, Indiana:

L570: Indiana State Library collection

S282: Christopher B. Coleman collection

S050: Louis J. Bailey papers

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2013/04 by Erica Sgroi. EAD finding aid created 2014/03/19 by Edythe Huffman. Collection processing and EAD finding aid revised 2015/08/04 by Brittany Kropf.
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