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William Schneider collection

Identifier: L341

Scope and Contents

This collection contains William Schneider's correspondence, business documents, receipts, ledger, and account books (1850 to 1903) for business he conducted in St. Wendel, Indiana. The collection also contains the Schneider and Naas store cash book, daybooks, and ledgers (1862-1872). The account books contain a variety of entries including newspaper subscriptions, purchases, shipments, and other business transactions. The daybooks contain the daily store transactions and the ledgers hold the individual accounts of customers.


  • 1850-1903


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

William Schneider was born in Saxony, Germany in 1824. He moved to America when he was 8 years old, first settling with his family in Pennsylvania. Later he moved to German Township, Vanderburgh County, Indiana and then to the German community of St. Wendel, Posey County, Indiana. Schneider married Catherine Herbert (1830-1915) on August 5, 1851 and they had 8 children. He was the first postmaster for St. Wendel (1852-1856) and he owned a general store, partnering with George Naas from 1862 to 1872. Schneider also became a successful farmer and land owner, leaving an estate worth an estimated $75,000 at his death on November 19, 1897.

Sources: "William Schneider." 1870 United States Federal Census. Accessed October 18, 2016. "William Schneider." 1880 United States Federal Census. Accessed October 18, 2016. "William Schneider." U.S. Appointments of U.S. Postmasters, 1832-1971. Accessed October 18, 2016. "William Snider." Indiana Marriage Index, 1800-1941. Accessed October 18, 2016.

Baker, J. David. The Postal History of Indiana, vol. II. Louisville, KY: Leonard H. Hartman, 1976.

"Wm. Schneider Dead: A Well-known Resident of St. Wendel Expires of Apoplexy." Mount Vernon Western Star (IN), November 25, 1897.


1.2 Cubic Feet (3 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Grace Keickle in 1943.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/10/20 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2016/10/20 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid revised 2024/02/16 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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