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Oran Perry scrapbooks

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: V410

Scope and Contents

This collection includes two scrapbooks created by Oran Perry while he was Indiana Adjutant General ranging from 1907-1909. Included within the scrapbooks are newspaper clippings, correspondence and photographs detailing the Indiana National Guard, Camp Benjamin Harrison; calls to archive Indiana military records; construction and dedication of the Oliver P. Morton monument located on the east side of the Indiana Statehouse; Tell City strike (1907); Muncie, Indiana street car riots (1908); Battle of Tippecanoe monument dedication (1908); Benjamin Harrison monument construction and dedication clippings and photographs (1908); Indiana Battle Flag Commission call to repair damaged flags (1908); Michigan City State Prison reconstruction (1908) and Colonel George W. McCoy's succession to Oran Perry (1909).


  • 1907-1909


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

Oran Perry was born on February 1, 1838 in Liberty, Indiana. Oran married Clara L. Louden on October 3, 1894 in Marion County, Indiana. Before the Civil War, he was a cashier for an auction firm. He enlisted in Company S, Indiana 16th Infantry Regiment on May 14, 1861 and was promoted to Full 1st Lieutenant on July 16, 1862. Perry honorably mustered out on May 23, 1862 at Washington, D.C. He was commissioned an officer in Company S, Indiana 69th Infantry Regiment on July 18, 1862 and promoted to Full Lieutenant Colonel on March 13, 1863. He honorably mustered out on July 5, 1865 at Mobile, Alabama. Battle honors include: Richmond, Vicksburg Campaign (Thompson's Hill), Jackson Campaign and Mobile Campaign (Fort Blakely).

Perry was the owner of Richmond Plow Works during 1867-1873 and remained in Richmond, Indiana until 1874. He was the Indiana Quartermaster General during 1902-1905 and appointed Indiana Adjutant General following the resignation of John R. Ward on December 11, 1905. He remained Indiana's Adjutant General until 1909. Perry was the Superintendent of the Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Monument from 1918-1929.

He died on November 30, 1929 in Indianapolis, Indiana and is buried at Earlham Cemetery in Richmond, Indiana.

Sources: U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2012.

Historical Data Systems, comp. U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.comOperations Inc, 2009.

Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana, 1907. Indiana, Select Marriages Index, 1748-1993 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014.


0.01 Cubic Feet (2 volumes)

Language of Materials



This collection includes two scrapbooks, organized chronologically.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Bethany Fiechter on 2019/09/05.
Oran Perry scrapbooks
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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