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Donald Barneclo photograph album

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: P073

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a photograph album from Donald Barneclo in Indianapolis, Indiana; Bourges, Paris and other places in France, 1918-1919 regarding Indianapolis street scenes, Barneclo in uniform, sights in France during and after World War I, tickets from sightseeing and travel, a telegram, snapshots of other soldiers and military life, the battlefields in France, destruction from war, including the damge to Reims Cathedral, and casualties.

There are also photographs from before and after the war, such as a Rice family photograph (February 10, 1899), group portraits of several men, most likely theater stagehands (circa 1920-circa 1940), and two members of Marion County Sheriff's Office with car (circa 1930-1940), along with loose ephemera, including newspaper clippings (1920s-circa 1950) and an undated, hand-colored print of "Pippa's Song" by Robert Browning. Most loose items are in a separate folder.


  • 1889-circa 1950

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

Donald Rice Barneclo was born to Oliver M. (1875-1911) and Luella Pearl (Rice) Barneclo (1877-1951) on September 12, 1894 in Indianapolis, Indiana. His parents divorced in May 1903. His mother was remarried on May 7, 1903 to Charles S. Bronson in Marion County, Indiana. A judge fined Luella Bronson $5.00 for remarrying so quickly, having been forbidden from marrying for 2 years after the divorce. She remarried again, presumably after a divorce from her second husband, on June 30, 1914 to John E. Merz (1873-1959) in Newport, Kentucky.

Donald Barneclo married Margaret M. Lemen (1889-1976) before he registered for the draft in 1917. He worked for his uncle, Wiliam Low Rice, in real estate before World War I. On October 6, 1918, he shipped out from New York City as a wagoner for Ambulance Company 149, 133th Sanitary Train in the U.S. Army. After returning from service, Barneclo took a job as a theater stagehand, while his wife worked as a telephone operator. By 1930, Barneclo was living with his mother Luella Merz. Margaret and Donald Barneclo filed for divorce in March of 1940. By 1940, he had a job as a business agent for his local Stage Hands Union No. 30. Barnleco also served as an international representative of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Machine Operators and became secretary of District 8 for the alliance in 1959. Barneclo died of cancer on April 6, 1970 and is buried in Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis.

Sources: "Donald Barneclo." 1900 United States Federal Census. Accessed March 1, 2022. "Donald Barneclo." 1910 United States Federal Census. Accessed March 1, 2022. "Donald Barneclo." 1920 United States Federal Census. Accessed March 1, 2022. "Donald Barneclo." 1930 United States Federal Census. Accessed March 1, 2022. "Donald Barneclo." 1940 United States Federal Census. Accessed March 1, 2022. "Donald Barneclo." Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed March 1, 2022. "Donald Barneclo." U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Accessed March 1, 2022. "Donald R. Barneclo." U.S., Army Transport Service, Passenger Lists, 1910-1939. Accessed March 1, 2022. "Luella P. Barneclo." Indiana, U.S., Select Marriages Index, 1748-1993. Accessed March 1, 2022. "Luella P. Bronson." Kentucky, U.S., County Marriage Records, 1783-1965. Accessed March 1, 2022. "Oliver M. Barneclo." California, U.S., County Birth, Marriage, and Death Records, 1849-1980. Accessed March 1, 2022. "Donald Rice Barneclo." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed March 1, 2022.

"Divorced Woman Fined for Marrying." Tucson Daily Citizen (AZ), May 25, 1903, 1. Accessed March 1, 2022.

"Donald R. Barneclo." [Obituary.] Indianapolis Star, April 9, 1970, 25. Accessed March 1, 2022. ProQuest.

"Mrs. Luella Mertz Dies; Ex-Real Estate Official." Indianapolis Star, February 23, 1951, 21. Accessed March 1, 2022. ProQuest.

"Suits Filed in County Court." Indianapolis Star, March 22, 1940, 11. Accessed March 1, 2022. ProQuest.

"Ronald [sic] R. Barneclo Services Thursday." Indianapolis Star, April 8, 1970, 36. Accessed March 1, 2022. ProQuest.

"Union Secretary Named WLB Alternate Member." Indianapolis Star, December 16, 1943, 5. Accessed March 1, 2022. ProQuest.


0.8 Cubic Feet (1 oversize box)

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This collection consists of one item.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from the Plainfield-Guilford Public Township Public Library on July 2, 2020.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/03/01 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid created 2022/03/01 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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