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Worth Reed collection

 Collection — Folder: S3379
Identifier: S3479

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a program for Patriotic Day, observed on November 5, 1897 in Indiana public schools and held in connection with the 86th anniversary of the Battle of Tippecanoe. Also included is a typewritten historical sketch regarding the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.), with information taken from Records of Members of the Grand Army of the Republic by W.H. Ward and "The Grand Army of the Republic," an article by G.S. Merrill that was printed in the August 1890 New England Magazine. The undated history has a handwritten note on the last page regarding Memorial Day, likely written by his daughter Dorothy Reed Lykins, the donor of the collection.


  • 1897, undated


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

Worth Reed was born December 9, 1853 in Fountain County, Indiana to Stephen and Sarah Ann (Finley) Reed. He graduated from Purdue University in 1880 and was a teacher before serving as the Linnwood (Lafayette, Ind.) school principal for twenty-two years. Reed was known for teaching patriotism and love of country to his pupils and he was a prominent member of the Battle Ground Camp Meeting Association. He married Della H. Shoup in June 1893 and they had 2 daughters, Dorothy and Cordelia. Following the death of his half-brother Sampson Reed in 1912, he resigned and moved back to Fountain County to look after the farm and banking interests that he inherited. On July 23, 1920, Reed died in Butte, Montana while touring the west.

Sources: "Worth Reed." 1900 United States Federal Census. Accessed October 5, 2021. "Worth Reed." Indiana, U.S., Select Marriages Index, 1748-1993. Accessed October 5, 2021. "Worth Reed." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed October 5, 2021.

"Indiana Teacher is Heir to Large Estate." Indianapolis News (IN), March 15, 1912.

"Worth Reed of Covington Dies Very Suddenly." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN), July 24, 1920.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. W.H. (Dorothy) Lykins on 1966/08/15.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/10/05 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2021/10/05 by Laura Eliason.
Worth Reed 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.