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Parke County collection

Identifier: L304

Scope and Contents

The collections consists of a typed draft of Parke County's history. The draft is organized chronologically with the following chapters: Aboriginal Period, Aboriginal Period to the Period of Conquest, Period of Conquest, Period of Conquest and Settlement by Pioneer Whites, Indiana and Park County, Early Folk Stories, The Story of Salmon Lusk, and Turkey Run from 1880 to 1890. Additionally, the collection contains land deeds (1856-1920), an article "The Indiana Reserve of Parke County" (1927), and news-clippings of "A Hoosier Listening Post" (1930-1960).


  • 1839-1960

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.

Historical Note

Parke County, formed in 1821, was named after Benjamin Parke, territorial congressman and judge, who served as the first president of the Indiana Historical Society. The county is well known for its covered bridges and festivals.


0.22 Cubic Feet (1 half-size manuscript box, 2 oversize folders)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/01/27 by Brent Abercrombie. EAD finding aid created 2015/01/27 by Brent Abercrombie. EAD finding aid updated on 2021/11/22 by Lauren Patton.
Parke County 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.