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Denkichi Shindo collection

 Collection — Folder: S3255
Identifier: S3255

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photocopies of photographs taken circa 1909 at the Staughton A. Fletcher home in Southport, Indiana. Most of the photographs are of Juanita and Vivian Lee and were taken in various outdoor locations on the Fletcher property. Denkichi Shindo stands with the Lee sisters in one of the photographs. The collection also includes "Blind Old Horse Ruben", a reminiscence written by Shindo in 1946 about his time at the Fletcher home from 1908 to 1909, most notably his memories of Ruben, the beloved horse of the Fletcher family. The manuscript was translated into English by Shindo’s grandson Katsuhiko Shindo.


  • circa 1909, 1946

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 / Historical

Denkichi Shindo was born in Japan around 1884 and immigrated to the United States in 1900. He began working at the home of Indianapolis banker Staughton A. Fletcher in 1908 and by 1912 was working as a bartender at the University Club of Indianapolis. While there, he would create pencil sketches and water colors and the members of the club referred to him as "Dennie the artist." He later moved to California and completed his education at Stanford University. He moved back to Japan and obtained a position in the office of the counsel-general in Tokyo and continued to work as a professional artist.

Sources: "Dennie Shindo." U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995. Accessed October 11, 2018. "Shindo Denkichi." 1910 United States Federal Census. Accessed October 11, 2018.

"Mickey McCarty Says:." Indianapolis Star, September 18, 1951.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Katsuhiko Shindo on 2003/12/29.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 2004 by Elizabeth Wilkinson. Collection reprocessed on 2018/10/11 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2018/10/11 by Laura Eliason.
Denkichi Shindo 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.