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Corporal Major R. Wilson scrapbook

 Collection — Volume: V178
Identifier: V178

Scope and Contents

This collection includes one bound scrapbook of newspaper clippings, mainly cartoons, from the Kokomo Daily Tribune in Kokomo, Indiana. Photographic prints of ships, including the Raleigh, Baltimore, Concord, Petrel, Iowa, New York, Amphitrite, and Indiana are included as well as various Spanish American War-related military scenes and leaders. A section of the clippings focuses on heroes and stories told after the completion of the war. Adhered to the last few pages are envelopes addressed to Miss Georgia Hilligoss in Shelbyville, Indiana from Corporal Major R. Wilson, Company C, 161st Regiment, Indiana Volunteers.

This scrapbook was created using a Clemens Vonnegut Hardware catalog as the surface.


  • 1898-1899


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

On April 19, 1898, Congress adopted a Joint Resolution for war with Spain, and on April 23, President William McKinley issued a proclamation calling for 125,000 volunteers to serve in the army for two years in what became known as the Spanish-American War.

Biographical Note

Major R. Wilson was born in 1878. Corporal Major R. Wilson enlisted on June 29, 1898 and mustered out on April 30, 1899. He served in Company C, 161st Regiment, Indiana Volunteers during the Spanish American War. He died on September 23, 1923 and is buried at Forest Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville, Indiana.


Gore, James K, Gen. Record of Indiana Volunteers in the Spanish-American War. Indianapolis, IN, USA: Wm. B. Buford, 1900. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2012.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 volume)

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This collection includes one scrapbook.

Custodial History

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


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:

S1852: Spanish American War military pass, 1898

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Bethany Fiechter on 2019/08/27.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.