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Chamberlain and Chase collection

Identifier: V032

Scope and Contents

This collection includes three personal account books kept by Moody Chamberlain (1811-1832) and several daybooks and account books used by the Chamberlain and Chase sawmill (1835-1862).


  • 1811-1862


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

Moody Chamberlain was an early settler of Terre Haute, Indiana. Born November 3, 1791, he was the son of James and Rebecca Chamberlain of Hillborough County, New Hampshire. He and his wife, Betsey Johnson Dole Chamberlain, were both school teachers before marrying in 1820. Shortly after their marriage, they set out for the West and arrived at Terre Haute, Indiana in 1821. Moody quickly became a leader of the community and was appointed an associate judge of the Circuit Court for Vigo County in 1825. Aroung 1835, he began a partnership with Asa L. Chase in a sawmill located near Mill Run Creek and the business operated under the name of Chamberlain and Chase. Mr. Chase was around 45 years old when he died on April 4, 1849 and Judge Chamberlain died at the age of 70 on September 28, 1862.


"Died." Terre Haute Wabash Courier (IN), April 7, 1849. Accessed Novmeber 20, 2019. "Joseph Chamberlain." Meomorial Ed 18153752. Accessed November 20, 2019. "Moody Chamberlain." Memorial ID 14545555. Accessed November 20, 2019.

Gleason, Pansy M. "Judge Moody Chamberlain Among Pioneer Vigo Residents Who Aided Growth of City." Terre Haute Star (IN), January 13, 1930.


1 Cubic Feet (9 volumes)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a purchase from R.E. Banta on 1933/09/15.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

S0246: Moody Chamberlain papers

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2019/11/20 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2019/11/20 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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