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Little Elkhart Temperance Society records

 Collection — Folder: S2484
Identifier: S2484

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photocopied volume pages from The Little Elkhart Temperance Society in Elkhart, Indiana ranging from 1847 to 1853, regarding the constitution, records, and member subscriptions for the society. The originals are located at the Elkhart County Historical Society.


  • 1847-1853


Conditions Governing Access

The 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.

Administrative History

The Little Elkhart Temperance Society was a religious temperance organization, which existed from 1847 to at least 1853, in Elkhart, Indiana. The group was vehemently opposed to the use of alcohol in most forms and abhorred the misery caused by its addiction. The organization's members agreed "to abstain from entirely from the use of all kinds of distilled spirits and wine except as a medicine in case of bodily infirmity or as in ordinance in the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper and also to use all lawful means to discourage the making and use of the same." The society was part of larger national movement which combined concern for social issues with religious sentiment and health considerations and appealed to many middle-class reformers, especially women, who were particularly vulnerable to the reprecussions of their male family members' alcoholism. Sources: Items in the collection The Prohibition Museum. “Women Led the Temperance Charge.” Accessed August 28, 2023.


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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation on 1969/10/01.


No further additions to the collection are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed on 2023/07/26 by A.J. Chrapliwy. EAD finding aid created on 2023/08/28 by A.J. Chrapliwy.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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