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Harrison family photograph collection

 Collection — Folder: SP037
Identifier: SP037

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photographs and 35mm slides in Indianapolis, Indiana, Washington, D.C., and other places in the United States ranging from 1908 to 1961 regarding the Harrison and Scott families, specifically Benjamin Harrison, Caroline Scott Harrison, and Mary Lord Harrison, as well as related houses, clothing, painted portraits, memorials, and historic sites such as the White House and Continental Hall in Washington, D.C.


  • 1908-1961

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

Benjamin Harrison, born August 20, 1833 in North Bend, Ohio, was an American politician and 23rd president of the United States from 1889 to 1893. He was grandson of the 9th president, William Henry Harrison. He married twice and had 3 children from the two marriages. He died of pneumonia in his home in Indianapolis, Indiana on March 13, 1901 and was buried in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Caroline Scott, born October 1, 1832 in Oxford, Ohio, was a music teacher and the first wife of Benjamin Harrison, who she married on October 20, 1853. The couple settled in Indianapolis, Indiana and they had two children, Russell and Mary Scott. Caroline Harrison was First Lady of the United States from 1889 until her death on October 25, 1892.

Mary Scott Lord Dimmick Harrison, born April 30, 1858 in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, was a niece of Caroline Harrison. She had served as an assistant to the First Lady starting in 1889. She married Benjamin Harrison on April 6, 1896 in New York City. The couple then settled in Indianapolis and had one daughter, Elizabeth (Harrison) Walker, who became a lawyer. Mary Lord Harrison established the Benajmin Harrison Memorial Home in Indianapolis following her husband's death. She later moved to New York City and lived there for more than 30 years. Harrison died of asthma on January 5, 1948 in New York City and was buried in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana.


"First Lady Biography: Caroline Harrison." National First Ladies Library. Accessed May 31, 2019.

"Mrs. Benj. Harrison, Widow of 23rd President, Dies at 89." Milwaukee Sentinel, January 6, 1948, 2.


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.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2019/05/31 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid created 2019/05/31 by Brittany Kropf.
Harrison family photograph 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.