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Duncan House register

 Collection — Volume: V291
Identifier: V291

Scope and Contents

This collection includes the register book of the Duncan House, a hotel located in Covington, Indiana. Entries range from August 1853 to December 1855 and include guest name, type of meal taken, number of horses stabled, and their permanent residence. Tucked in the front of the book is a July 4, 1853 handwritten note sent by a Jas. Simpson from Buffalo Prairie, Illinois to Mr. Duncan regarding a trunk left during a previous visit. Three pages of the register were also used to record "Sales of Wool" from May to November 1863.


  • 1853-1855; 1863


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 Alexander Duncan was born March 29, 1807 in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania to William and Mary Duncan. He married Harriet McCullough around 1830 and moved to Covington, Indiana in the late 1840s. In June, 1850, Duncan took over ownership of the "Sloan House," a frame building located southeast of the public square. In October 1852, he purchased the "Rawles House," a brick hotel located on the southwest corner of the town square that he renamed the Duncan House. He died at the age of 71 on November 5, 1878.


"Duncan's Hotel!" The People's Friend (Covington, Ind.), June 22, 1850.

"Duncan's Hotel." The People's Friend (Covington, Ind.), November 13, 1852. "John Alexander Duncan." Find a Grave Memorial no.22146534. Accessed September 10, 2020.

"Hotel Changes." The People's Friend (Covington, Ind.), October 23, 1852.


0.1 Cubic Feet (1 volume)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from A.A. Lapage on 1957/07/29.


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.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.