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Sarah J. Robinson letter

 Collection — Folder: S2667
Identifier: S2667

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a typewritten copy of a June 4, 1865 letter written by Mrs. S. J. Robinson from the United States Christian Commission home in Vicksburg, Mississippi and sent to Mrs. M. J. Dinwiddie at Crown Point, Indiana. In the letter she shares her recent experiences, including her trips to the McPherson and her interactions with "Rebels" and "Seceshia" ladies, and also expresses her appreciation for money she received from Mrs. Dinwiddie.


  • 1865/06/04

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

Sarah J. Robinson was the daughter-in-law of Solon Robinson (1803-1880), the founder of Crown Point, Indiana. She married his son Solon Oscar Robinson on December 24, 1852, but became a widow a few years later when her husband died on April 3, 1858. She opened a primary school for children around 1860 and was considered "one of the best teachers of little children ever in Crown Point." In 1864, she volunteered with the United States Christian Commission and served in Nashville, Memphis, Vicksburg and New Orleans before returning to Crown Point in September 1865. She married Dr. William H. Harrison, an army surgeon, on August 16, 1866 and went with him to Mexico.

Sources: "Sarah J. Robinson." Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001. Accessed August 22, 2019. "Solon O. Robinson." Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001. Accessed August 22, 2019. "Solon Oscar Robinson." Memorial ID 44637226. Accessed August 22, 2019.

Howat, William Frederick, Ed. A Standard History of Lake County, Indiana, and the Calumet Region Vol. I. Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1915.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection contains one item.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from the Gary Public Library on 1931/02/21.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2019/08/23 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2019/08/23 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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