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Sunday postal service report

 Collection — Folder: B089
Identifier: B089

Scope and Contents

A report to the United States Senate by a committee led by Richard M. Johnson which reviewed delivery of the mail on Sundays. The committee determined that religious freedom was not unfringed upon by Sunday mail service. This report was given in January of 1829.


  • 1829 January

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

The United States Postal Service initially delivered mail on Sundays. Post offices were also community and social centers because it was where people received news and information. Many protestants considered this in violation of the Sabbath and lobbied to end Sunday mail service. This report was likely one of many conducted during the 19th century. Delivery of the mail on Sundays remained in debate and ceased in 1912.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 oversize folder)

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This collection consists of one item.

Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2019/05/13 by Lauren Patton. EAD finding aid created 2019/05/13 by Lauren Patton.
Sunday postal service report
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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