Scope and Contents
This collection contains an autograph album published by J. C. Riker of New York and used by Allen Jay. The entries range from 1852 to 1860 and include poems, personal notes, and signatures addressed to Jay. The bulk of the entries were written by individuals associated with Farmers Institute, Tippecanoe County, Indiana.
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.
Allen Jay was born October 11, 1831 in Miami County, Ohio to Isaac and Rhoda (Cooper) Jay. In 1850, he moved with his family to Marion, Grant County, Indiana. He attended Friends Boarding School, now Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, in 1851-1852. Jay then attended Farmers Institute, an academy established by the Greenfield Monthly Meeting and located about nine miles southwest of Lafayette, Indiana. In 1854, he went to Antioch College in Ohio and at the close of the three-month term, returned to Indiana and married Martha Ann Steeper on November 20th of that year. The Jays lived on a farm in Tippecanoe County and Jay taught school until 1868 when they moved to North Carolina. After nine years they moved to Providence, Rhode Island where he spent four years as state treasurer. In 1881, the family returned to Indiana and Jay became an administrator at Earlham College. Following Martha's death in April 1899, he married Naomi W. Harrison in 1900. Recorded as a preacher since 1864, Jay was known as an effective speaker and traveled widely as a Quaker minister. He died at the age of 78 on May 8, 1910.
Ancestry.com. "Martha Ann Jay." U.S., Quaker Periodicals, 1828-1929. Accessed August 9, 2022. https://www.ancestrylibrary.com.
FindaGrave.com. "Allen Jay." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed August 9, 2022. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/59825994/allen-jay.
Jay, Allen. Autobiography of Allen Jay. Philadelphia: The John C. Winston Co., 1910.