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Joseph W. Dalrymple papers

 Collection — Folder: S2603
Identifier: S2603

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the papers of Joseph W. Dalrymple from Rising Sun, Indiana, including letters he wrote to his wife, Jennie, while on business in towns along the Ohio and Missisippi rivers in Arkansas, Indiana, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee (1870-1881); correspondence from his partner, John W. Bush, from Rising Sun (1875-1881); letters and invoices from merchants in Cincinnati, New Orleans, Louisville, Natchez (Miss.), and Cairo (Ill.) (1871-1883); and correspondence regarding possible business ventures related to mills located in several states (1885-1990).

There are also a September 22, 1858 letter written by James Lamb from Allensville (Switzerland County, Indiana) and sent to his daughter E. Zarena; two letters written in 1863 by George W. Lamb and sent to his sister while serving with the 45th Indiana Regiment (3rd Indiana Cavalry) during the U.S. Civil War; letters written to Dalrymple by his mother, Rebecca F. Bowen, from Calvert County, Maryland (1864-1865); two letters written to Jennie Seward by her friend Ella Akers of Lawrenceburg, Indiana in (1865-1867); a January 26, 1890 letter to Ida Dalrymple from her cousin Ethel Vaughan; and a February 20, 1891 letter from Lawrence Blaising, Jr. of Lawrenceburg.


  • 1858-1891


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

Joseph W. Dalrymple was born April 8, 1847 in Calvert County, Maryland to William and Rebecca F. (Talbott) Dalrymple. He later moved to Rising Sun, Indiana. Dalrymple was a commission merchant and wholesale dealer in hay, grain and produce with the firm Bush and Dalrymple and worked as the firm's agent in Memphis, New Orleans, Vicksburg, and other Mississippi River towns. He married Jennie Seward in July 1868 and they had one adopted daughter, Ida. Following Jennie's death in 1912, Dalrymple married Blanche E. (French) Bundy in April 1916. He died at the age of 81 on February 17, 1929.

Sources: "J. W. Dalrymple." Indiana, U.S., Marriages, 1810-2001. Accessed December 14, 2022. "Joseph Dalrymple." 1910 United States Federal Census. Accessed December 14, 2022. "Joseph W. Dalrymple." Indiana, U.S., Marriages, 1810-2001. Accessed December 14, 2022. "Joseph William Dalrymple." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed December 14, 2022.


0.02 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from W. K. Stewart in 1932-1933.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/12/14 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/12/14 by Laura Eliason.
Joseph W. Dalrymple papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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