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Cornelius Mayer papers

Identifier: L402

Scope and Contents

This collection includes letters, official and legal documents, photographs and family papers, articles about Cornelius Mayer, and other materials belonging to Mayer ranging from 1628 to 1944 regarding Cornelius Mayer's family, his life and work, including drawing, and family business. There is also heraldic information, complete issues of the publication, Gewerbehalle, a German decorative arts periodical, a German rifle care manual, and a confectioners' recipe book from various authors in Germany, Ireland and the United States.


  • 1628-1944


Language of Materials

Materials in English and German.

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

Cornelius Mayer was born in Wurtzburg, Bavaria, Germany on February 17, 1847 to Georg Lorenz (anglicized George Laurence) Cornelius (d. 1859) and Margarethe Dorothea (anglicized Margaret Dorothy) (Wust) Mayer (d. 1860). He had two brothers, George Martin and Louis George. At a young age, Cornelius Mayer was apprenticed to a candy maker. He joined the Bavarian army in 1866 and immigrated to the United States, first to Springfield, Illinois, then to Indianapolis, Indiana in 1876. There Mayer worked for a German newspaper and later was named editor of the German Telegraph-Tribune in 1881. He was also a member of the Indianapolis Press Club. Mayer became private secretary to George F. Edenharter, superintendent of the Central State Hospital for the Insane in 1893. The chapel and amusement hall at the hospital was named for him. Mayer as also an artist and landscape designer.

Mayer first married Wilhelmina Johanna Miessen in St. Louis, Missouri and they had two sons, Robert Ingersoll and Louis George Cornelius and three daughters, Wilhelmina Johannah (Mrs. Edward Keyler), Georgia A. Babette (Mrs. John Simeon McCullough), and Margaret Dorothea (d. 1908). Wilhelmina Mayer died in 1910 and was buried in Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis. Cornelius Mayer remarried on February 15, 1912, to Sarah Mildred Jackson. He died March 6, 1915 in Indianapolis and was also buried in Crown Hill Cemetery.


Information found within the collection. " Cornelius Mayer." 1880 United States Federal Census. Accessed October 21, 2016. " Cornelius Mayer." 1900 United States Federal Census. Accessed October 21, 2016. " Cornelius Mayer." Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed October 21, 2016. " Cornelius Mayer." Indiana, Select Marriages Index, 1748-1993. Accessed October 21, 2016. "Cornelius Mayer." Indiana, Wills and Probate Records, 1798-1999. Accessed October 21, 2016. "Margaret Dorothy Mayer." Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed October 21, 2016.

"Cornelius Mayer." Obituary. Indianapolis Star, March 7, 1915, p. 12. "Cornelius Mayer." Find a Grave Index. Accessed October 21, 2016. "Wilhemina Mayer." Find a Grave Index. Accessed October 21, 2016.


0.6 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box, 1 small oversize box)


This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Constance (Mrs. John) M. McCullough.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2000/08/25 by Jamie L. Bargeron. EAD finding aid created 2016/10/24 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid revised 2016/12/28 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

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