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John A. Graham collection

 Collection — Folder: S2598
Identifier: S2598

Scope and Contents

This collection includes 59 photocopies of newspaper articles and correspondence to and from John A. Graham in Peru, Indiana, ranging from 1839 to 1862, regarding his private, business, and editorial affairs.


  • 1839-1862


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

John Ambrose Graham was born on January 8, 1817 in Baltimore, Maryland. He became an editor, businessman, and politician after moving to Peru, Indiana. Graham had established the Miami County Sentinel in 1848, a prominent Democratic newspaper of the area. He served as a clerk of the circuit court. Graham was elected as mayor of Peru, serving from 1882 to 1889, after holding positions as county clerk, sheriff, and city councilma. Graham wrote the Pioneer History of Peru and Miami County (1877), a local history of the settlement and pioneer life. He married Caroline Odeille Aveline on June 28, 1842 in Peru, Indiana and the couple had nine children, seven of whom survived into adulthood: Mary Jane, Richard, James, Catherine, Alice, Dora, John, Jr., Victoria, and Caroline. Graham died on May 27, 1894.


FamilySearch. “John Ambrose Graham.” Person. Accessed March 22, 2024.

Graham, John A. Pioneer History of Peru and Miami County. Peru, IN: Peru Republican Printing Office, 1935. Accessed March 22, 2024.

“John A. Graham.” The Inter Ocean, May 28, 1894. Accessed March 22, 2024.

Thompson, Donald Eugene. “Graham, John Ambrose: 1817-1894.” In Indiana Authors and Their Books, 1967-1980, 475. Crawfordsville, IN: Wabash College, 1981. Accessed March 22, 2024.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from the Miami County Museum on 1930/03/14.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2024/03/22 by A.J. Chrapliwy. EAD finding aid created 2024/03/26 by A.J. Chrapliwy. EAD finding aid revised 2024/03/27 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.