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Dorothea Falls Larsen collection

Identifier: L417

Scope and Contents

The collection consists primarily of the diaries of Letha Falls (1941-1953). Also included are family correspondence, letters written by a serviceman to Dorothea Falls from Europe during World War II, photographs, and genealogical information.


  • 1844-1988, 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

The Falls family of Allen County, Indiana included daughters Letha Falls and Dorothea Falls Larsen. Letha Falls was a graduate of Indiana University and Northwestern University. For many years, she was a teacher of English and Latin in the public schools of Allen County.

Dorothea Falls Larsen, born January 7, 1907, was active in local politics in Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana and later moved to Cleveland, Ohio where she married Captain Newman Larsen who commanded several Great Lakes vessels including the Edmund Fitzgerald. Dorothea Larsen died March 12, 2003.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

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This collection is arranged chronologically by format.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as donations from Dorothea F. Larsen on 1976/04/02 and 1990/11/12.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/08/10 by Brent Abercrombie. EAD finding aid created 2015/08/10 by Brent Abercrombie. EAD finding aid revised 2022/08/25 by Laura Eliason.


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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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