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Abraham L. Brick papers

Identifier: L539

Scope and Contents

This collection includes typed, autographed correspondence from Abraham L. Brick and others in Indiana and Washington, D.C. from 1850 to 1950, regarding personal and business matters; invitations to social events ranging from 1884 to 1901 regarding presidential and congressional events; photographs and tintypes of family, public events and places, including the Panama Canal, from 1866 to 1907 and undated; scrapbooks, diaries, and expense accounts.


  • 1850-1950


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

Abraham Lincoln Brick was born May 27, 1860 in St. Joseph County, Indiana to William W. and Elizabeth (Calvert) Brick. He was one of at least nine children. Brick attended Yale and Cornell universities and was graduated from the University of Michigan in 1883. He married Anna Elizabeth Meyer on November 11, 1884 in St. Joseph County, Indiana and they had two children, William Meyer, who was born August 4, 1888 and died February 9, 1889 of uremic poisoning, and Estelle, who was born January 1, 1890 and died during January 1951. Brick was a member of the law department faculty of the University of Notre Dame from which he received the LL.B. and M.L. degrees. He practiced law in South Bend, Indiana in 1883 and was the proscecuting attorney for St. Joseph and La Porte counties in 1886. He was a member of the Republican State Central Committe in 1890; a delegate to the Republic National Convention in 1896, and congressman for the 13th Indiana district from 1899 to 1908. Brick visited the Panama Canal during his tenure on the Appropriations Committee in 1907. He died April 7, 1908 in Indianapolis, Indiana and is buried in the Riverview Cemetery, South Bend, Indiana.


Information found within the collection and executive file. "Abraham Brick." 1860 United States Federal Census. Accessed April 24, 2015. "Abraham Brick." 1870 United States Federal Census. Accessed April 24, 2015. "Abraham Brick." Indiana, Marriage Collection, 1800-1941. Accessed April 24, 2015.

"Brick, Abraham Lincoln." In Indiana Authors and Their Books, 1917-1966, p. 76. Crawfordsville, IN: Wabash College, 1974. "Abraham Lincoln Brick." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed April 24, 2015.


5 Cubic Feet (9 manuscript boxes; 1 medium oversize box)

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This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Papers, 1850-1932, undated

Series 2: Diaries and scrapbooks, 1857-1884, undated

Series 3: Photographs, circa 1866-1944, undated

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation. The record book of Abraham L. Brick's library was a donation from the Willard Library, Evansville, Indiana on 2005/03/16.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 1998 by Andrea B. Hough; revised 2005/03 by Elizabeth Wilkinson. EAD finding aid created 2015/04/24 by Edythe Huffman.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.