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James F. Simpson family papers

Identifier: L355

Scope and Contents

This collection includes hand-written correspondence, newspaper clippings, real estate and insurance papers, photographs, family history, and account books from James F. Simpson ranging from 1810 to 1942, regarding life, business, Switzerland County, and Civil War veterans, pensions, battles, and reunions. Notable items include barbed wire from Fort Pompelle in France and 6th Indiana regiment flag fragments.


  • 1810-1942


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

James F. Simpson lived in Switzerland County, Indiana. He was a captain in the U.S. Civil War in the 6th Indiana regiment. He married Josephine Fish in 1856 and had eleven children. After the war, Simpson was a sheriff in Switzerland County and a proprieter of a general store at Lamb, IN until he retired. He was a Mason and member of the G.A.R., serving that body as commander for many years. Simpson passed away in 1909.


1.62 Cubic Feet (5 manuscript boxes and 1 oversize folder)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. Fred Keithly on 1976/06/10.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/09/28 by Kori Nell. EAD finding aid created 2016/09/28 by Kori Nell.
James F. Simpson family papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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