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Charles H. Scriven diary

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S3274

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a photocopy and a transcript of Charles H. Scriven’s diary. Scriven kept this diary while performing construction work in Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana in 1942. The U.S. Government was building an ordnance plant for the war effort in Terre Haute. The diary covers roughly September-October 1942 and discusses Scriven’s time at work and at his boarding house.


  • 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

Charles Henry Scriven was born in 1880 to Norman and Olivia (Wilson) Scriven. He grew up in Pontiac, Illinois and worked on the family farm. Mr. Scriven left the family farm while in his early twenties to pursue a career in the ministry at Eureka College. He married in 1907 and began a career as a preacher. In 1917 he stopped preaching and went into carpentry, a career which lasted the rest of his life. He and his family were living in Franklin, Indiana by 1920.

When World War II broke out Charles Scriven attempted to enlist, but was rejected because of his advanced age of 61. He decided then that the best way to serve his county was through war work. Mr. Scriven traveled from job to job throughout the country during the war. After the war ended he came back to central Indiana and resumed his carpentry business. He passed away in 1952.


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 Charles A. Jones on 2005/02/15.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 2005/02 by Elizabeth M. Wilkinson. EAD finding aid created in 2005/02 by Elizabeth M. Wilkinson. EAD finding aid revised 2015/11/04 by Bethany Fiechter.
Charles H. Scriven diary
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.