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Susan Elston Wallace collection of songs

 Collection — Volume: V063
Identifier: V063

Scope and Contents

This volume is a collection of songs, both published and unpublished, compiled by Susan Elston Wallace, likely during the 19th century.


  • 19th century


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

Susan Wallace was an author and poet from Crawfordsville, Indiana. She was born Susan Arnold Elston to Isaac Compton and Maria Eveline (Akin) Elston on December 25, 1830. She married Lew Wallace, future Union general, politician, and author, on May 6, 1852.

Susan Wallace's writing career began long before her husband's and focused on home, friends, Christianity, and travel. She often accompanied her husband, who accepted appointments as the governor of New Mexico Territory (1878-1881) and the U.S. minister to the Ottoman Empire (1881-1885), and wrote vivid descriptions and reflections on New Mexico Territory, the Ottoman Empire, the Middle East, and the people there. In New Mexico, Wallace uncovered priceless histoircal records of the previous Spanish and Mexican governments, and is largely responsible for the preservation of a significant part of the region's history. She died in Crawfordsville on October 1, 1907, two years after her husband's passing. Sources: Items in the collection. Hudson, Helen Mundy. "Susan Elston Wallace: Linking Deep History to an Environmental Ethic." Presentation at the Hoosier Women at Work conference, Indianapolis, IN, April 6, 2018. Mason, Thomas A., Marcia R. Caudell, Suzanne S. Bellamy, and Ray E. Boomhower. "Publishing Lew and Susan Wallace in the Twenty-first Century." Indiana Magazine of History 104, 3 (June 2008): 176–181. Spragg, Joann. "Susan Elston Wallace: A Biographical Essay." New Mexico Office of the State Historian. Accessed June 8, 2018. "Susan Elston Wallace." General Lew Wallace Study and Museum. 2018. Accessed June 8, 2018. "Susan Wallace." Wikipedia. Last modified September 15, 2017. Accessed June 8, 2018.


0.1 Cubic Feet (1 volume)

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This collection consists of one item.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a records transfer from the Indiana Division on 202/08/17.


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:

S1352: Susan Wallace collection

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2023/08/18 by Lauren Patton. EAD finding aid created 2023/08/18 by Lauren Patton.
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