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James Whitcomb Riley portrait sketches

 Collection — Folder: OBC176
Identifier: OBC176

Scope and Contents

This collection contains portrait sketches of James Whitcomb Riley from 1912 and 1944.


  • 1912, 1944

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

Born in Greenfield, Indiana on October 7, 1849, James Whitcomb Riley was a famed American poet and writer, best known for his Hoosier dialect verse in noted works, "Raggedy Man" (1907), "The Little Orphan Annie" (1908), and The Old Swimmin’ Hole and Other Poems (1912). Riley was also a prominent Indianapolis resident, whose house at 528 Lockerbie St. later became a historic building and museum of his work that was named a National Historic Landmark in 1962. James Whitcomb Riley died July 22, 1916 from complications resulting from a stroke. Riley is buried at Crown Hill Cemetery and his tomb sits on one of the highest points in Marion County.


0.06 Cubic Feet (1 large oversize folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/11/04 by Lauren Patton. EAD finding aid created 2021/11/04 by Lauren Patton.
James Whitcomb Riley portrait sketches
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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