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Daniel R. Yoder collection

Identifier: L388

Scope and Contents

The diaries and loose papers in this collection date from Daniel R. Yoder ranging from 1880 to 1892. the diaries offer a view of activities and entertainment in elkhart and LaGrange counties of Indiana. School activities are regularly reported up to 1888, and farm chores are given in as much detail as the duties of teaching. Churchgoing occurs throughout all evenings of the week, with Yoder reporting his attendance at Mennonite, Dunkard, and Amish meetings. Family visting is recorded, with Yoder making reference to his father and mother, his wife Etta, and his children. Other activities reported are ice cream festivals and the presentations of the community lyceum.

The last folder of the collection consists of financial papers containing assorted promissory notes, tax receipts (including some issued in Kansas to John Richey), two poems of Abner Yoder, two undated financial accounts, a newspaper clipping, and certification of Michael Doff having worked off his road tax (issued by Jermiah Yoder).


  • 1880-1892


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

Daniel R. Yoder, born about 1859, of LaGrange, LaGrange County, Indiana, worked as a school teacher as late as the year 1888. By 1892, Yoder had moved to Goshen, Elkhart County, Indiana and had left teaching for farm and construction work. Yoder was possibly the son of Reuben and Harriet Riehl Yoder. He had a wife, Maryetta (Etta), and children Perry and Leroy.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically, with loose pages compiled into a folder at the end of the collection.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mary K. Knobal on 1989/08.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed in 1999 by Philip N. Williams. Collection processing and EAD finding aid created by by Brent Abercrombie on 2015/02/24.


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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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