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John Karl Bain scrapbook

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: L395

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a "Mark Twain's Scrap Book" used by J. Karl Bain to hold items he collected while serving as secretary to Senator Charles W. Fairbanks. The scrapbook contains newspaper clippings, letters he sent to his mother and sister, clippings of pictures and other mementos of the communities he visited while on a trip to the Pacific Northwest and Alaska with Sen. Fairbanks for the Joint High Commission (Summer, 1899). Also included are newspaper clippings regarding a debate between Senators Beveridge and Hoar regarding the "Philippine Situation" (January 1900), the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia (June 1900), the Washington D.C. Centennial (December 1900), and the elections of 1902 and 1904. The scrapbook also contains a few letters and telegrams sent by Sen. Fairbanks, newspaper clippings regarding Bain's return to Indianapolis (March 1905), and a October 17, 1921 newspaper clipping from the Indianapolis Star regarding his death.


  • 1899-1921


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 Karl Bain was born on April 13, 1874 in Jennings County, Indiana to John and Phoebe Bain. Sometime after his father died in 1883, he and his mother and sister moved to Indianapolis. At the age of 12, he began working as a messenger for Western Union. For eight years (1897-1905) he served as secretary to Senator Charles W. Fairbanks. After Fairbanks became Vice President of the United States, Bain returned to Indianapolis and entered the real estate business. He later became the president of the Motor Appliance Company in Detroit and passed away on October 15, 1921.


Information found within collection. "John Bain." 1880 United States Federal Census. Accessed November 16, 2016.

"Died - Bain." North Vernon Banner Plain Dealer (IN), April 5, 1883.

"You Can't Lose Old Jennings." North Vernon Banner Plain Dealer (IN), March 23, 1905.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/11/16 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2016/11/16 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.