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Cornelia Virginia Soule Bell scrapbook

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: V215

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a scrapbook compiled by Cornelia Virginia Soule Bell containing newspaper clippings ranging from 1884 to 1909 and undated. The clippings include the 1884 Prohibition Party ticket; the July 17, 1897 edition of the Klondike Moring Times of Dawson City (Yukon, Canada); clippings of biographies of Indiana governors from William H. Harrison to Thomas Marshall; clippings from a "Daily Life Study" newspaper series of biographies about notable people in history, including Benjamin Franklin, Edgar Allan Poe, Abraham Lincoln, Charles Darwin, Frederick Douglass, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and many others; a number of clippings regarding famous Hoosiers, including Lew Wallace, James Whitcomb Riley, and Booth Tarkington; and various poems. The loose clippings in the collection have been secured in an envelope and kept with the scrapbook.


  • 1884-1909, undated


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

Cornelia Virginia Soule was born September 15, 1839 in Marion County, Indiana to Joshua and Eliza M. (Lawson) Soule. She married Reuben W. Kettron in 1857 and they had three children: Julia, Charles (C.W.) and Belle. They lived for a time in Colorado before moving back to Indianapolis in 1871. Following Reuben's death, Cornelia married James H. Bell in December 1874 and they had one son, Benjamin Morris. She was a dressmaker and passed away at the age of 76 on July 11, 1916.

Sources: "Cornelia V. Bell." Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed March 18, 2020. "Mrs. Cornelia V. Kettron." Indiana, Select Marriages Index, 1748-1993. Accessed March 18, 2020.

"C.W. Kettron." Indianapolis News (Ind.), October 17, 1841.

"Deaths-Funerals." Owensboro Inquirer (Ky.) June 23, 1925.

"They Achieve." Indianapolis Star (Ind.), January 4, 1948.


0.1 Cubic Feet (1 small oversize box)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Belle Kettron in 1936.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2020/03/18 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2020/03/18 by Laura Eliason.
Cornelia Virginia Soule Bell scrapbook
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.