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Ross Alley pamphlet

 Collection — Folder: S2404
Identifier: S2404

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a copy of a circa 1929 pamphlet containing Ross Alley's poem, "Childhood's Home" and his portait. "Ross Alley, Pioneer Poet and Editor, Ripley County, Indiana, Born April 5, 1834, Died Sept. 8, 1854" is printed on the front of the bifold pamphlet and "Greetings from Mrs. Emma King-Benham, Ross Alley Biographer" is handwritten below the poem on the inside page.


  • circa 1929


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

Ross Alley was born April 5, 1834 in Bath County, Kentucky to John J. and Rachel (Harmon) Alley. The family moved to Ripley County, Indiana around 1837. His father died a few years later and though not yet a teenager, Alley went to work in the mill, foundry, and workshops of John Bennett Carrington to help his family. Around the age of 16, he published his first newspaper, The Youth's Casket, on an old cider press that he converted with the help of Carrington. He later changed the name of his paper to The Genius of Youth, then changed it again in 1852 to The Forest Rose following his move to a farm near Olean. Shortly thereafter, the family moved to Versailles and the paper became The Literary Messenger. Besides his newspaper, Alley was also known for his poetry. He died at the age of 20 of an epidemic disease on September 8, 1854.


Boyd, Bea. "A Pioneer of Ripley County Press." Quarterly bulletin of the Ripley County, Indiana, Historical Society, Inc., 13, no. 2 (April 1989): 3.

King-Benham, Emma. Memory Volume to the Boy, Pioneer-Poet-Printer. [Terre Haute, IN]: [Visquesney Co., Printers], 1929.

Rabb, Kate Milner. "A Hoosier Listening Post." Indianapolis Star (IN), December 27, 1929.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection consists of one item.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Violet E. Toph on 1934/02/28.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/08/18 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/08/18 by Laura Eliason.
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