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L. B. Graves collection

Identifier: L378

Scope and Contents

The collection consists mostly of almanacs and diaries of L.B. Graves, which date from 1881 to 1961. With the exception of Barker’s Illustrated Almanac, L.B. Graves used almanacs as diaries. L.B. Graves kept all diaries, except for a student diary kept by his wife. The diaries include notations of farm chores or conditions and the social obligations of Mr. and Mrs. Graves, the latter related to such activities as church attendance, the Methodist Men’s Club, a temperance union, and Red Cross sewing. Brief accounts of goods and livestock are sometimes kept separately in the front or back of a diary. After January of 1961, the diaries reflect activities within the Franklin Methodist Home.

Assorted items, dating from 1886 to 1955, include a variety of materials. Included are: a thank-you letter for condolences offered at the bereavement for a dead husband who had been a member of State Fencibles’ Battalion, headquartered in Philadelphia; materials relating to Miss Nellie Graves’ interest in Stradivarius violins; the last will and testament of Florence Platt Swanson; and the photograph of an unidentified house.


  • 1881-1956

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

L.B. Graves attended high school in Nineveh, Indiana. He and his wife Kate, a graduate of Franklin College and teacher in Johnson County, farmed in the area of Franklin, Indiana, where they raised sheep and cattle. The couple moved to Franklin in 1894; they retired to the Franklin Methodist Home in December of 1960.


0.6 Cubic Feet (2 manuscript boxes)

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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 Philip N. Williams. EAD finding aid created 2018/05/07 by Lauren Patton.
L. B. Graves 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.