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Asa J. Smith collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: L368

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of Asa J. Smith’s manuscript, drafts, and notes for a biography of Hiram I. Bearss of Peru, Indiana. Bearss served over 20 years in the United States Marine Corps from the Spanish-American War until World War I, obtaining the rank of Brigadier General. A few folders contain items for scrapbooks from Smith’s personal life and other literary interests.

Dates

  • 1901 – 1973

Creator

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

Asa Jessup Smith 1973), born on January 20, 1894 in Wabash, Indiana, was a prominent Indianapolis attorney. He married Lena Tweedy in 1920. Smith attended DePauw University and the Indiana Law School, served in both World Wars I and II. He worked as secretary to U.S. Senator Harry S. New from 1919 to 1921. He was a Republican state representative in the Indiana General Assembly in 1923. He was the family attorney for the Oberholtzer family and took the deathbed statement of Madge Oberholtzer which led to the murder conviction of Ku Klux Klan leader, D.C. Stephenson. Smith worked in the Marion County Prosecutors Office, as well as the Federal District Courts of southern Indiana. Smith died in February 12, 1973.

Information found within collection.

Bodenhamer, David J., Robert G. Barrows, and David Gordon Vanderstel. 1994. The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. Bloomington: Indiana University Press., p 1269.Shepherd, Rebecca A. 1980. A Biographical directory of the Indiana General Assembly. Indianapolis: Select Committee on the Centennial History of the Indiana General Assembly. , Vol 2, p 385.

Extent

3.3 Cubic Feet (10 manuscript boxes)

Arrangement

This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Asa J. Smith in 1971.

Accruals

No further additions are expected.

Item List

Box 1.

Folder

1. Bearss Manuscript: Final Draft, Chapters 1 – 4

2. Bearss Manuscript: Final Draft, Chapters 5 – 9

3. Bearss Manuscript: Final Draft, Chapters 9 ½ – 14

4. Bearss Manuscript: Final Draft, Chapters 15 – 19

5. Bearss Manuscript: Final Draft, Chapters 20 – 23

6. Bearss Manuscript: Final Draft, Chapters 24 – 29

7. Bearss Manuscript: Final Draft, Chapters 30 – 35

8. Bearss Manuscript: Final Draft, Chapters 36 – 40

9. Bearss Manuscript: Final Draft, Chapters 41 – 45

Box 2.

Folder

1. Bearss Manuscript: Final Draft, Chapters 46 – 50

2. Bearss Manuscript: Final Draft, Chapters 51 – 55

3. Bearss Manuscript: Final Draft, Chapters 56 – 60

4. Bearss Manuscript: Carbon Copy, Final Draft, 1 – 5

5. Bearss Manuscript: Carbon Copy, Final Draft, 6 – 9 ½

6. Bearss Manuscript: Carbon Copy, Final Draft, 10 – 14

7. Bearss Manuscript: Carbon Copy, Final Draft, 15 – 19

Box 3.

Folder

1. Bearss Manuscript: Carbon Copy, Final Draft, 20 – 24

2. Bearss Manuscript: Carbon Copy, Final Draft, 25 – 29

3. Bearss Manuscript: Carbon Copy, Final Draft, 30 – 34

4. Bearss Manuscript: Carbon Copy, Final Draft, 35 – 39

5. Bearss Manuscript: Carbon Copy, Final Draft, 40 – 44

6. Bearss Manuscript: Carbon Copy, Final Draft, 45 – 49

7. Bearss Manuscript: Carbon Copy, Final Draft, 50 – 52

8. Bearss Manuscript: Carbon Copy, Final Draft, 53 – 55

9. Bearss Manuscript: Carbon Copy, Final Draft, 56 – 60

Box 4.

Folder

1. Notes for Bears MS: Military Life

2. Notes for Bears MS: History of U.S. Marine Corps

3. Notes for Bears MS: History of Marine Activities at Subic Bay, P.I.

4. Notes for Bears MS: The Philippines

5. Notes for Bears MS: Report of operations, 1st Battalion, 1st Regiment, Samar, Philippines

6. Notes for Bears MS: Carbon Copy of Report of operations, 1st Battalion, 1st Regiment, Samar, Philippines

7. Notes for Bears MS: Marine Record

8. Notes for Bears MS: General Notes

9. Notes for Bears MS: General Notes

10. Notes for Bears MS: Correspondence, 1901 – 1964

11. Bearss MS: Chapter Titles and Numbers

12. Bearss MS: First Draft, Chapters 9 – 15

Box 5.

Folder

1. Bearss MS: First Draft, Chapters 16, 17, 17, 18

2. Bearss MS: First Draft, Chapters 19, 21, 21, 22 -25

3. Bearss MS: First Draft, Chapters 26 – 33

4. Bearss MS: First Draft, Chapters 34 – 38, 41

5. Bearss MS: First Draft, Chapters 42 – 45

6. Bearss MS: First Draft, Chapters 46 – 50

7. Bearss MS: First Draft, Chapters 51 – 54

8. Bearss MS: First Draft, Chapters 55 – 57

9. Bearss MS: First Draft, Chapters 58 – 60

10. Bearss MS: Edited Draft, Chapters 9 – 13

11. Bearss MS: Edited Draft, Chapters 14 – 16

12. Bearss MS: Edited Draft, Chapters 17 – 19

13. Bearss MS: Edited Draft, Chapters 20 – 22

14. Bearss MS: Edited Draft, Chapters 20 – 25

Box 6.

Folder

1. Bearss MS: Edited Draft, Chapters 26 – 30

2. Bearss MS: Edited Draft, Chapters 31 – 35

3. Bearss MS: Edited Draft, Chapters 36 – 42

4. Bearss MS: Edited Draft, Chapters 43 – 48

5. Bearss MS: Edited Draft, Chapters 49 – 53

6. Bearss MS: Edited Draft, Chapters 54 – 56

7. Bearss MS: Edited Draft, Chapters 57 – 60

8. Bearss MS: Notes/Draft, Chapters 1, 2

9. Bearss MS: Notes, Chapters 1 – 6

10. Bearss MS: Notes, Chapter 1

11. Bearss MS: Notes, Chapter 2

12. Bearss MS: Notes/Draft, Chapter 3

13. Bearss MS: Notes/Draft, Chapter 4

Box 7.

Folder

1. Bearss MS: Notes/Draft, Chapter 5

2. Bearss MS: Notes/Draft, Chapter 6

3. Bearss MS: Notes/Draft, Chapter 7

4. Bearss MS: Notes, Chapter 7

5. Bearss MS: Notes, Chapter 7

6. Bearss MS: Notes/Draft, Chapter 8

7. Bearss MS: Notes, Chapter 9

8. Bearss MS: Notes, Chapters 12 – 14

9. Bearss MS: Notes, Chapter 15

10. Bearss MS: Notes, Chapter 15

11. Bearss MS: Notes, Chapter 16, 17

12. Bearss MS: Notes, Chapter 18

13. Bearss MS: Notes, Chapter 18

14. Bearss MS: Notes, Chapter 18

Box 8.

Folder

1. Bearss MS: Notes, Chapter 18

2. Bearss MS: Notes, Chapter 22

3. Bearss MS: Notes, Chapter 23

4. Bearss MS: Notes, Chapter 25

5. Bearss MS: Notes, Chapter 26

6. Bearss MS: Notes, Chapter 28

7. Bearss MS: Notes, Chapter 29

8. Bearss MS: Notes, Chapter 30

9. Bearss MS: Notes, Chapter 30

10. Bearss MS: Notes, Chapter 32

11. Bearss MS: Notes, Chapter 33

12. Bearss MS: Notes, Chapter 35, Santo Domingo City

13. Bearss MS: Notes, Chapter 35

14. Bearss MS: Notes, Chapter 35 (?) Dominican Republic

15. Bearss MS: Notes, Chapter 42

16. Bearss MS: Notes, Chapter 43

17. Bearss MS: Notes, Chapter 44

18. Bearss MS: Notes, Chapter 44

19. Bearss MS: Notes, Chapter 46, 47

Box 9.

Folder

1. Bearss MS: Notes, Chapter 46

2. Bearss MS: Notes, Chapter 47

3. Bearss MS: Notes, Chapter 48

4. Bearss MS: Notes, Chapter 50

5. Bearss MS: Notes, Chapter 53

6. Bearss MS: Notes, Chapter 53 (The World’s Work, May 1919)

7. Bearss MS: Notes, Chapter 55, Correspondence, hand-written notes

8. Bearss MS: Notes, Chapter 55, Typed notes

9. Bearss MS: Notes, Chapter 56

10. Bearss MS: Notes, Chapter 57

11. Bearss MS: Notes and Letters, Chapter 57

12. Bearss MS: Notes, Chapter 58

13. Bearss MS: Notes, Chapter 59

14. Bearss MS: Notes, Chapter 60

15. Bearss MS: Comments by Jim Miller

16. Personal: Notes on Astronomy

17. Personal: Abridgement of Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

18. Personal: Biographical Sketches of Courts & Judges, McDonald, David; Gresham, Walter; the District of Indiana

Box 10.

Folder

1. Personal: Biographical Sketches of Courts & Judges, Parke, Benjamin; White, Albert Smith; Smith, Caleb Blood

2. Personal: Copied from files of Marine Corps Museum

3. Personal: Scrapbook – DePauw

4. Personal: Scrapbook – Poetry

5. Personal Scrapbook

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 2000 by Jamie L. Bargeron. Collection re-processed 2011/12 by Brent Abercrombie. EAD finding aid created 2018/05/04 by Lauren Patton.
Title
Asa J. Smith collection
Status
Legacy
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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