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Eugene Studebaker Wierbach collection

Identifier: S3093

Scope and Contents

This collection contains items ranging from 1859 to circa 1942 collected or created by Eugene Studebaker Wierbach, including an April 5, 1866 document signed by J.B. Armstrong (Elizabethtown, Indiana) giving permission for his son Levi to marry; two Presbyterian circulars regarding the 1875 meeting of the council of Elders at the General Assembly in Cleveland; a small broadside of a proclamation announcing the death of Muncie Mayor Frank Ellis on October 29, 1890; and a 1930 newspaper clipping of the obituary of Mrs. Sarah Jones, the widow of Mayor William Jones; and an undated typewritten copy of Wierbach's essay, "A Trip Down the Mississinewa." The collection also includes an autograph book of Francis Marion Evans (Brookville, Indiana) containing his poetry and farewell notes from his students (1869-1861), a journal of Rev. Jacob Coppock (Miami County, Ohio) containing ballads and account records (1864-1880) and typewritten copies of Wierbach's transcriptions of several of the ballads from Coppock's journal.


  • 1859-circa 1942


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

Eugene Studebaker Wierbach was born on September 26, 1904 in Muncie, Indiana to Samuel Clinton and Carrie Studebaker Wierbach. He married Jeanne Elizabeth Medsker on June 21, 1930 and they had two children. They divorced in the early 1940s. He worked in landscaping and retail management before serving in the Army during World War II. Shortly after returning from the war, he moved to California. A professional genealogist, he was an active member of the Studebaker Family National Association (SFNA) and donated his research to the SFNA and the Indiana State Library. He passed away at the age of 81 on April 1, 1986.

Sources: "Elizabeth M. Wierbach." Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001. Accessed July 3, 2019. https:// "Eugene Wierbach." 1930 United States Federal Census. Accessed July 3, 2019. https:// "Eugene Wierbach." 1940 United States Federal Census. Accessed July 3, 2019. https:// "Eugene Studebaker Wierbach." Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001. Accessed July 3, 2019.

"Eugene S. Wierbach." Muncie Evening Press (IN), April 2, 1986.

Studebaker Family National Association. "Gene Wierbach Dies." The Studebaker Family, Summer 1986.


.03 Cubic Feet (3 folders)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Eugene Wierbach in 1942/07 and 1942/11.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2019/07/03 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2019/07/03 by Laura Eliason.
Eugene Studebaker Wierbach 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.