Skip to main content

Aurelius M. Willoughby collection

Identifier: L303

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of Aurelius Willoughby's Civil War diaries ranging from 1861 to 1865. Also included are discharge papers, memorabilia, and personal business papers dating from 1864 to 1917 and a manuscript history of Company H. 39th Indiana with photographs, circa 1910. The collection also includes 2 tintypes of Aurelius Willoughby, 32 cartes-de-visite depicting landmarks in Washington D.C., Georgia, and Niagra Falls, in addition to two portraits of Confederate General T. R. R. Cobb and Clement Vallandigham, respectufully.


  • 1861-1950


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

Aurelius Willoughy was born during December 1842 in the state of Ohio. During the U.S. Civil War, Willoughby served as the regimental quartermaster within the 39th Indiana Regiment, later re-organized as the 8th Indiana Cavalry. Following the war, Willoughby worked as an U.S. Internal Revenue agent in northeastern Georgia (1866-1868), and later as a merchant in Vincennes, Knox County, Indiana (1868-1922). He married Georgiana H. Willoughby, and the couple had two daughters Aune and Helen Willoughby. Aurelius Willoughby died June 10, 1922, and is buried at the Vincennes City Cemetery in Vincennes, Indiana.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically by format.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation in September 1950.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

EAD finding aid created 2015/02/17 by Brent Abercrombie. EAD finidng aid revised 2019/10/31 by Brittany Kropf.


Aurelius M. Willoughby collection
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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