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Tyner-White family papers

Identifier: L416

Scope and Contents

The collection consists primarily of the correspondence (1838-1931) of the Tyner-White families. The majority of correspondence includes Ezekial Tyner’s wife, Sarah Meeks Tyner (1818-1899), daughter Ellen Tyner White (1846-1925) and granddaughter Grace Tyner White (1884-1966). Subjects discussed include political events, religion (largely activities within the Methodist Church), family events (births, deaths, and marriages), education, and travels.

Correspondents include Zachery Taylor Boicourt, Al F. Ganier, Rufus Haymond, Joe Lifford, Charles R. McBride, Phoebe Ann Meeks, James E. Moffat, Julus A. Perkins, Margaret Smith, Harris Tyner, and Richard Tyner.

Box 10 contains four volumes of transcriptions of letters and an index to the transcriptions.


  • 1780-1953


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

The Tyner family was among the early settlers of southeastern Indiana. Ezekial Tyner (1806-1879) went into business with his brothers, Richard and Silas, in R.S. Tyner and Company, General Merchandise, in Brookville in the mid-1830s. In 1837, Tyner moved to Metamora and established a similar business. He also dealt in grain shipments via the Whitewater Canal. In 1855, Tyner’s business failed and the family moved to a farm in Blue River Township, Hancock County. Members of the family later lived in Wabash, Lafayette, Lebanon, and Indianapolis, Indiana as well as in parts of Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Europe.


3.2 Cubic Feet (9 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Betty White, 1990/05. Addition of transcriptions and index to transcriptions donated 2021/01 by Charlotte Skuster and Laurel Howell.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed by unknown. Finding aid revised 2011/10 by Brent Abercrombie. EAD finding aid created 2018/05/14 by Lauren Patton. EAD finding aid revised 2021/01/26; 2023/01/06 by Lauren Patton; 2024/02/27 by Brittany Kropf.


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Repository Details

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.