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Klinge family collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S3410

Scope and Contents

This collection contains various documents of the Kling family, including affidavits and an abstract of title for lots 1, 2, and 3 in Gerrard's Prospect Street Addition in Indianapolis (1906-1907); deeds of James and Virginia Pugh (Lillian Klinge Pugh’s in-laws) for property in Huntington, West Virginia (1908-1909); a November 8, 1934 insurance policy for James Floyd Pugh (Lillian’s stepson); and correspondence sent to Alice Klinge from her brother Louis, her nephew Willard Klinge, niece Dorothy Bichsel, and her lawyer, Forrest D. Rau (1920-1975). The collection also contains a number of photographs, including cabinet cards, cartes de visite, postcards, and matted prints (circa 1880s-1950s). Only a few family members are identified on the back of the photographs: Alice Klinge; her brothers Charlie, Herman, and Louis; her uncle Henry Klinge; and her father at their house on 4950 Graceland. Other subjects identified are Sewel (?) P. Nelson, Butler Fieldhouse, the Theodore Roosevelt steamboat, and a October 29, 1929 photograph owned by Charles R. Klinge of employees at the Indiana National Bank.


  • circa 1880s-1975


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 / Historical

William F. Klinge and Louise Depner were born in Germany and both immigrated with their families to Indianapolis, Indiana in the 1870s. They married in 1879 and had ten children, with eight living to adulthood: Minnie, William, Herman, Lulu, Alice, Lillie, Louis, and Charles. William and Herman later moved to Tacoma, Washington, but the rest of the siblings were lifelong residents of Indianapolis. Alice was the last surviving sibling when she passed away on July 23, 1975.

Sources: “Alice Klinge.” 1900 United States Federal Census. Accessed December 12, 2018. “Alice J. Klinge.” Indiana Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed December 12, 2018.

“William F. Klinge.” Indianapolis Star, April 7, 1931.


.08 Cubic Feet (6 folders)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2018/12/20 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2018/12/20 by Laura Eliason.
Klinge family collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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