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Roy F. McNabney collection

Identifier: L479

Scope and Contents

This collection contain notes, correspondence, documents, and other research materials collected by Roy F. McNabney from the United States, ranging from circa 1920 to 1973, regarding the history of the United States Postal Service.


  • 1939-1973


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.

Historical Note

On April 13, 1972, the Times Democrat in Davenport, Iowa, published an article entitled "Davenport's Living History Book" by Jim Arpy. The article tells about Roy F. McNabney, 93 years old in 1972, who was the historian for the Davenport Public Museum. He spent his boyhood in Hampton, Illinois, and was living in Moline in 1884. In 1915, McNabney became chief of the records department at Palmer School. He married Marie Heinz in 1904. She died in 1948. McNabney collected information on the mail and stage routes from 1872, because he planned to write a history of the U.S. postal service. This massive project occupied him for 35 years. He said: "It's a hobby that fascinated me. I have close to 1,000 pages now, all ready to be edited... I've worked like a slave on it, tracing the postal service through Ben Franklin, Paul Revere, the British, the stage coach routes, a mountain of information and countless hours of research."


2.25 Cubic Feet (6 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box, 1 large oversize folder)

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Arranged in the following series:

Series 1: U.S. Postal Service history, circa 1920-1973

Series 2: Cities and states history, 1950-1963

Series 3: Illinois history, 1950-1971

Series 4: Mail and stage routes history, circa 1957-1962

Series 5: Maps, people, and book chapters, circa 1939-1972

Series 6: Research notes, circa 1970

Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed 2015/09/24 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid revised 2022/04/20; 2024/03/20 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.