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Decatur County, Indiana stock marks record book

 Collection — Volume: V290
Identifier: V290

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a record book maintained by the Decatur County, Indiana clerk and recorder to register livestock marks. With entries ranging from 1822 to 1871, the volume records the name of the owner, the description of the marks, and after March 8, 1827 the township of residence.


  • 1822-1871

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

Different methods of marking livestock to established ownership have been used for thousands of years. A common type of marking in Indiana during the 19th century was earmarking, which included croping, cutting slits, cutting swallow forks, and cutting distinctive designs in the ears. Livestock owners would register their markings with the county of residence and these records were used to identify missing stock and settle disputes regarding ownership.


"System of Marking Cattle in Vogue Here Century Ago Not Very Humane." Fort Wayne News and Sentinel (Ind.), March 5, 1921.


0.1 Cubic Feet (1 volume)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. Vita Loucks on 1975/08/10.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2020/09/10 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2020/09/10 by Laura Eliason.
Decatur County, Indiana stock marks record book
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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