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Emil Dietz correspondence

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S2764

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence and clippings received by Emil Dietz ranging from 1898-1939.

The personal correspondence consist of letters thanking Dietz for his donations of books or artwork to local libraries, schools, or individuals, as well as letters from personal friends. The majority of the letters are sent from Frederick Schnell and his wife Wilma Schnelll, who lived in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. They discuss book, art and cultural recommendations as well as personal life of the two families and Frederick Schnell's work as a teacher. The correspondence also makes reference to the Great Depression as well as the events preceding World War II. The rest of the papers consist of magazine clippings discussing astronomy.

The collection also includes business correspondence between Dietz, various companies and individuals concerning property purchases, patent holdings, and industry regulations and accidents. The newspaper clippings focus on labor strikes and working conditions in Indianapolis.


  • 1898-1939


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

Emil Dietz was born in Rohrschach, Switzerland, on February 2, 1864, to Frederick Dietz and Fredericks Englemann and immigrated to the United States with his family in 1869. He settled in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he was naturalized as an American citizen. He worked as a book keeper for the Fred Dietz Company that manufactured wooden boxes and trucks before becoming the manager of the company until 1910. Throughout his career, he made multiple patents for wooden box construction as well as factory truck construction. He also pursued reading, art collecting and astronomy as hobbies throughout his life. Dietz died on September 27, 1947, in Indianapolis and is buried in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Sources: Edington, Will E. "Necrology." Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science 58 (1948):27-30. Accessed October 3, 2017.

"Emil Dietz in the 1910 United States Federal Census." ancestryLibrary. Accessed October 3, 2017.

"Emil Dietz in the Indiana, Death Certificate, 1899-2011." ancestryLibrary. Accessed October 3, 2017.


0.02 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from William H. Dietz.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2017/10/03 by Julia Deros. EAD finding aid created 2017/10/03 by Julia Deros.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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