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Lois York collection

Identifier: L314

Scope and Contents

This collection includes documents and photographs collected by Lois York, as well as her ancestors, regarding the history of Hendricks County, especially Coatesville where she lived. The Woman's Literary Club of Coatesville published their membership list and programs in little booklets from 1913 through 1964. Edith Sharp Ryner, Lois York's mother, was a long-time member. Rev. Cecil J. Sharp, a pastor and leader in religous education in the Christian Church, was the uncle of Lois York. Clark H. Tanner wrote his thesis on Rev. C. J. Sharp in 1976. There are several historic oversized photographs and one legal document signed by Andrew Jackson in a separate folder.

There are 2 oversize folders containing Herbert S. Hadley, William Flinn, Elihu Root, and Victor Rosewater photograph, circa 1920-1930; Theodore Roosevelt photograph, 1901-1909; Parks Brittain of Hendricks County, Indiana land grant, 1831 (OB231); World War I soldiers, Monument Circle advertisement photograph, 1918/11/11; and a President Theodore Roosevelt, Marion County visit photograph, 1907/05/30 (OBE011).


  • 1834-1979


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

Lois Ryner York lived in Coatesville, Indiana, in 1979 when she donated this collection. Her father, Francis Hall Ryner, worked at the Indianapolis Post Office and the Railway Mail Serice for over 40 years, and farmed 90 acres in Hendricks County. Ryner descended from Jacob Wisehart on his mother's side, and Henry Ryner on his father's side. Lois' mother had Sharp, Randel, Minter, and Ridpath ancestors. Lois was born about 1907, and her husband was born about 1901. In 1979, theyhad lived at their house located at Hendricks Co. 800 W, 300S, for 44 of their 51 years of married life.


0.75 Cubic Feet (2 manuscript boxes, 2 oversize folders)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a records donation from Lois York on 1979/09/28.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed 2015/12/17 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid revised 2021/11/02 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.