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Jesse L. Williams letters

 Collection — Folder: S2623
Identifier: S2623

Scope and Contents

This collection includes 9 handwritten letters from Jesse L. Williams. Nearly all of the letters are addressed to Samuel B. Ruggles in New York, New York. The remaining letters are simply addressed 'Dear Sir'. The letters are a part of ongoing correspondence between the two men (several make reference to other earlier letters) and discuss various topics, including the ongoing Central Canal project.


  • 1836-1859


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

Jesse L. Williams was born around 1807 in North Carolina and died on October 9, 1886 in Fort Wayne, Indiana at approximately 80 years old. He was amarried to Susan C. Williams and together they had two sons and a daughter. He worked as Civil Engineer, most notably on the Central Canal Project, which was designed to connect Indianapolis to the rest of the state and draw commerce into the center of Indiana.

He maintained correspondence with Samuel B. Ruggles (1800-1881), a politician and lawyer in New York. He worked as a Canal Commissioner from 1839 to 1858.

Sources: 1880 U.S. Census

New York Evening Post, October 11, 1886.

The Encylcopedia of Indianapolis edited by David J. Bodenhamer and Robert G. Barrows. 1994

New York Public Library.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a purchase from Forrest Sweet on 1933/02/09.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2018/08/07 by Abby Currier. EAD finding aid created 2018/08/07 by Abby Currier.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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