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Carpenter family collection

Identifier: L501

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence, telegrams, receipts, family photographs and newspaper clippings from Walter N. and Lizzie D. Carpenter in Indianapolis and Muncie, Indiana as well as Miami, Dade County, Florida ranging from 1887 to the 1980s.

Also included are U.S. Department of Health publications regarding the control of infectious diseases and the role of women during World War I.


  • 1887-1980s


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

Walter Nathaniel Carpenter was born on September 7, 1865 to Edwin and Louisa H. Carpenter in Indianapolis, Indiana. He had two siblings: Carrie E. and Albert. Walter married Lizzie Dane Coburn on February 22, 1887 in Marion County, Indiana. Lizzie was born on February 22, 1865 to James Frederick Coburn and Lydia C. Lambert. In 1886, Lizzie was listed as a clerk in Indianapolis. The family lived in Woodruff Place, Indianapolis, Indiana. Walter and Lizzie had 5 children: Fred H., Paul C., Louise A., May, and Elanore C.

Carpeter was a stenographer, typewriter and official reporter for the Delaware Circuit Court in Muncie, Indiana during the late 1880s and into the 1890s. In 1930, Walter was a reporter for the federal court system in Marion County, Indiana.

Carpenter died on August 27, 1937 and Lizzie Carpenter died on April 26, 1940. They were both buried in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from James C. Orem on January 22, 2004. The items belonged to the Louise Carpenter Stanfield family of Woodruff Place, Indianapolis, Indiana.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/09/15 by Bethany Fiechter. EAD finding aid created 2016/09/16 by Bethany Fiechter.
Carpenter family 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.