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Charlotte Jones Dunn, Contemporary Club of Indianapolis reminiscences

 Collection — Folder: S2418
Identifier: S2418

Scope and Contents

This collection includes the reminiscences of Charlotte Jones Dunn regarding the early days of the Contemporary Club of Indianapolis. Dunn's circa 1940 recollections were handwritten on five pages of her personal stationary. The collection also includes a few brief recollections about the club typewritten by Dr. Christopher B. Coleman in December 1940.


  • 1940


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

Charlotte Elliott Jones was born August 16, 1869 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Aquilla and Flora C. (Elliott) Jones. She attended May Wright Sewall's Classical Girls School and later worked as Sewall's private secretary. Jones married Jacob Piatt Dunn, an Indiana author and historian, on November 23, 1892 and they had three children. In 1911, she was named to the board of the Indiana Women's Prison and served until 1938. Following the death of her husband in 1924, she became the curator of the Indianapolis Propylaeum and served in this position until 1944. Dunn was a member of several social clubs, including the Contemporary Club, the Fortnightly Literary Club, and the Portfolio Club. Charlotte Dunn died at the age of 86 on April 11, 1956.


Information found within collection. "Charlotte Elliott Jones." Indiana, U.S., Select Marriages Index, 1748-1993. Accessed September 7, 2022.

"Ex-Curator at Propylaeum Dies." Indianapolis News (IN), April 11, 1956. "Charlotte Elliott Jones Dunn. Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed September 7, 2022.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Caroline Dunn in 1941/07.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

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

S2773: Contemporary Club of Indianapolis collection

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/09/08 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/09/08 by Laura Eliason.
Charlotte Jones Dunn, Contemporary Club of Indianapolis reminiscences
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.