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.
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.
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.
3.3 Cubic Feet (10 manuscript boxes)
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