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Flora Gardiner Kling collection

Identifier: L344

Scope and Contents

The collection includes letters to Flora Gardner Kling, principally from the period 1900 to 1935, from writers, poets, illustrators, and musicians responding to her letters about their work, and to her requests for examples of their bookplates; correspondence regarding her collection of bookplates, particularly with other bookplate collectors; and her bookplate collection.

Correspondents include:

Louis Adamic, George Ade, Ambrose Bierce, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, Richard Harding Davis, Theodore Dreiser, Thomas A Edison, Max Ehrmann, Charles W Fairbanks, Hamlin Garland, Rube Goldberg, Clara E Laughlin, George Barr McCutcheon, John T McCutcheon, Meredith Nicholson, Will Rogers, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford.


  • 1886-1938


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

Flora Gardiner Kling was born in 1857. She lived in Mount Vernon, Posey County, Indiana, in 1900. Kling was 42 years old and her husband Henry was 38. Flora's mother Mary Gardiner, age 81, lived with them. In 1930, they lived at 812 Mulberry Street, Mount Vernon. Henry, age 69, was a clerk at Can City. Flora was 72 years old. In 1939, Flora and Henry lived in the Protestant Home for the Aged in Evansville, Indiana. She died on March 22, 1940 and is buried at the Locust Hill Cemetery in Evansville, Indiana.


2 Cubic Feet (3 manuscript boxes, 3 oversize boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation in 1939 from Louise M. Husband and in 1940 by Flora Gardiner Kling.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

V021: Flora Gardiner Kling scrapbook

Processing Information

Collection processing and original finding aid completed on 2015/05/14 By Nikki Schofield. Collection addition processed on 2016/02/10 by Patrick Ridout. EAD finding aid created 2016/02/10 by Patrick Ridout
Flora Gardiner Kling collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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