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Fletcher, Butler and Yandes ledger

 Collection — Volume: V049
Identifier: V049

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a debtor's ledger of Fletcher, Butler, and Yandes containing entries from 1842 to 1854, with the bulk of the entries ranging from 1842 to 1846. Following the dissolution of the firm's partnership in 1843, Butler continued work on the accounts and the ledger has the notation "B & N" above several entries, presumably the abbreviation for the firm of Butler and Newcomb. The collection also includes a May 1893 clipping from The Humanitarian and a program from the June 1894 closing exercises of Butler University with several names handwritten on the it.


  • 1842-1894

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.

Historical note

Fletcher, Butler, and Yandes was the Indianapolis, Indiana law firm of Calvin Fletcher, Sr. (1798-1866), Ovid Butler (1801-1881), and Simon Yandes (1816-1903). Fletcher moved to Indianapolis in 1821 and practiced law on his own for a number of years before going in to partnership with Butler in 1836. From 1837 to 1838 Yandes studied under Fletcher & Butler before taking a course in law at Harvard University. Yandes returned to Indianapolis in 1839 and became a partner in the law practice. The firm handled civil and criminal cases and also had a successful collection business. Fletcher dissolved the partnership in 1843 to focus on his farming and banking interests. Butler continued in the law profession for several more years and became partners with Horatio C. Newcomb (1821-1882) in 1846 before retiring from the practice of law in 1849.


A Biographical History of Eminent and Self-Made Men of the State of Indiana. Vol. II. Cincinnati, Ohio: Western Biographical Publishing Company, 1880.

Bodenhamer, David J., Reboert G. Barrows and David Gordon Vanderstel.The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1994.

Commemorative Biographical Record of Prominent and Representative Men of Indianapolis and Vicinity. Chicago: J.H. Beers & Co., 19008.


0.1 Cubic Feet (1 volume)

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This collection contains one volume.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a purchase in 1943.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2019/12/20 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2019/12/20 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.