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Frank W. Olin collection

Identifier: L301

Scope and Contents

The collection includes Frank W. Olin's diaries (1877, 1897-1898, 1922-1936, 1938-1939); correspondence, circulars, and reports from organizations with which Olin was associated, including the Indianapolis Commercial Club and the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce (1902-1920s), the Indianapolis Civic League (1908), the YMCA (1909-1913), the Layman's Missionary Movement and its Indianapolis convention in 1916, the American Rights Committee (1916), and the Indianapolis Home for Aged Women (1921-1935); political papers, including papers relating to the Republican Party in Indianapolis (1900s-1910s), and the Citizen's Non-Partisan Movement (1913); insurance and other business papers, including papers relating to the Indiana Association of Life Underwriters (1908); Olin's business letterbook (late 1880s); and an unpublished literary magazine of the City academy, edited by Olin (1869). Also included are miscellaneous legal and financial documents from LaPorte County (1832-1870s).


  • 1835-1957


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

Frank W. Olin attended City Academy in Indianapolis (1860s); worked for the Howe Sewing Machine Company in Peru, Miami County (1872-1875) and Indianapolis (1875-1882, 1884-1885); engaged in the typewriter business in Indianapolis (1886-1897); engaged in the life insurance business (1897-1917); involved in establishing the State Automobile Insurance Association (1917), and worked for the association (1917-1941); active in Indianapolis civic organizations.


1.3 Cubic Feet (3 manuscript boxes, 1 index card box)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. Frank Olin on 1941/09/30.

Additionally, a packet of letters was mailed to the collection in 1957.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/03/16 by Patrick Ridout. EAD finding aid created 2016/03/16 by Patrick Ridout.
Frank W. Olin collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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