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John Brown Dillon collection

Identifier: L377

Scope and Contents

The collection consists primarily of John B. Dillon’s historical notes on people and events relating to the early exploration and settlement of Indiana and the Old Northwest. Also included is a scrapbook of Dillon’s letters published in newspapers on the U.S. Civil War, the Republican Party, and Indiana history (1861–1876); letters to Dillon regarding the Historical Society, the Indiana Sanitary Fair (1864), and Dillon’s historical work; and a memorial by John Coburn on the life of John Brown Dillon.


  • 1859-1886


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

John Brown Dillon (1808?–1879) was the editor of Logansport, Cass County Canal-Telegraph (1834-1842), the Indiana State librarian (1845–1851), the secretary for the State Board of Agriculture (1850s), a clerk in the U.S. Department of the Interior (1863–1871), the House Military Affairs Committee (1871–1875), secretary of the Indiana Historical Society (1859–1879), and author of the History of Indiana (1843) and other works on the history of Indiana, Indians and the Old Northwest.


0.6 Cubic Feet (2 manuscript boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 1999 by Amy L. Baskette. EAD finding aid created 2018/05/07 by Lauren Patton.
John Brown Dillon 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.