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Grace E. Conway collection on John M. Villars

Identifier: L386

Scope and Contents

This collection includes research drafts, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and photographs from Grace Conway in Indiana ranging from 1868 to 1994 regarding Father John M. Villar's sudden death.


  • 1868-1994


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. M (Baptist) Villars was born in 1818 from Chavanay, Dept. of Loire, France. He came from France to Iowa, where he was ordained in 1848 by Bishop Loras. Soon after, he was positioned at the St. John's Evangelist Church in Iowa. In 1862, he was an assistant before becoming their pastor at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Richmond, Indiana. He passed away in 1868 and his death was initially ruled a suicide, but has since been shrouded in mystery and is the source of Grace Conway's research in the collection.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

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This collection is arranged by chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Grace Conway in 1989.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/10/03 by Kori Nell. EAD finding aid created 2016/10/03 by Kori Nell.
Grace E. Conway collection on John M. Villars
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.