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Vincennes history collection

Identifier: L309

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials pertaining to the history of Vincennes, Indiana. Included are proceedings of the Borough of Vincennes, land sales, indentures, land grants, and miscellaneous items related to Vincennes history ranging from 1669 to 1950.

There is also an oversize folder containing one placemat from the defunct Marone's Formosa Garden in Vincennes, Indiana, undated, a March 26, 1929 plat map, Knox County election returns, 1818-1826, and transcriptions and photostates of Knox County War Department correspondence, 1803-1812 (OBC050).

Two other items in the collection comprise a volume of French songs and verses and a School Board District No. 2 volume from Vincennes (V198).


  • 1669-circa 1980

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

Vincennes is the county seat of Knox County, Indiana. It was formerly the capital of the Old Northwest Territory, and is considered to be the oldest town in Indiana. Legend holds that the town was actually settled circa 1683 by French traders. Settlers arrived in Vincennes in 1727 and a fort was built in 1732 under the command of Fraçois-Marie Bissot, Sieur de Vincennes. Vincennes is the home of Fort Sackville, which was captured by the British in 1778 and recaptured the following year by George Rogers Clark. This episode is considered by history to be an important, yet underrated, moment in the American Revolutionary War. These items were collected by Curtis Bland, who was a physician in Terre Haute.


Baker, Ronald L. and Marvin Carmony. Indiana Place Names. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1975.

Wikipedia. “Vincennes, Indiana.” Accessed March 28, 2006.,_Indiana.


1.36 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box, 1 large oversize folder, 2 volumes)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts a donation from Curtis Bland; Mrs. Sours.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2006/03 by Benjamin Clark. EAD finding aid created 2015/11/20 by Lauren Patton. EAD finding aid revised 2018/05/02; 2021/09/01 by Lauren Patton.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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