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Booth Tarkington collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S2459

Scope and Contents

This collection includes letters to and from Booth Tarkington from individuals such as Richard F. Ward, Indianapolis journalist Mary Dyer Lemon, the Silberman brothers (art dealers in New York), typescripts of essays and poems, and other miscellaneous documents. There is also an oversize folder with other materials (OB173).


  • 1892-1951


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

Booth Tarkington, born July 29, 1869 in Indianapolis, Indiana and died May 19, 1946, Indianapolis, was an American novelist and dramatist, best-known for his satirical and sometimes romanticized pictures of American Midwesterners. His works included The Gentleman from Indiana (1899), Penrod (1914), The Magnificent Ambersons (1918), Alice Adams (1921), and numerous other novels, short stories, and plays.


0.06 Cubic Feet (1 folder; 1 medium oversize folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts in multiple part donations from various donors from 1926 to 1998.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/07/27 by Kori Nell. EAD finding aid created 2016/08/01 by Kori Nell. EAD finding aid revised 2021/09/15 by Lauren Patton. EAD finding aid revised 2021/09/27 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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