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Anna W. Wright collection

Identifier: L550

Scope and Contents

The collection includes letters to Governor Oliver P. Morton regarding the recruitment of Black troops for Indiana regiments during the U.S. Civil War (1861-1864) and letters from Oliver P. Morton to Jacob Wright concerning the 1868 Republican National Convention from 1866 to 1868. Also included are several family letters to Jacob Wright and correspondence from a variety of national politicians to Louis T. Michener responding to his requests for them to speak in Indiana during the 1890 election. Also included are papers of the Union State Central Committee, an Indianapolis Republican organization from 1864 to 1866. In addition the collection contains account books fro the George Tomlinson general merchandise store in Southport, Marion County (1855-1858). The collection also contains pages from a scrapbook that contain programs, clippings, correspondence, and photographs of the Girls Classical School of Indianapolis. Included are materials relating to May Wright Sewall who was the principal of the school from 1891 to 1906. A variety of late 19th-century newspaper clippings are also included in the collection.

The correspondents in the collection include William B. Allison, Albert J. Beveridge, Charles A. Boutelle, John Coburn, Shelby Cullom, Will Cumback, William P. Fishback, Robert M. LaFollette, William H.H. Miller, Oliver P. Morton, L.E. Payson, Gilbert A. Pierce, Preston B. Plumb, Thomas B. Reed, John C. Spooner, W.H.H. Terrell, Richard W. Thompson, and Daniel W. Voorhees.


  • 1860-1911

Language of Materials

Materials in English and German.

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

Anna Wright was the daughter of Jacob T. Wright (1816-1891), an Indianapolis businessman. He was also the chairman of the Republican State Central Committee (1864-1868).


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)


This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Miss Anna W. Wright in 1935/06.


No further additions are expected.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions of 28th United States Colored Troops correspondence, 1863-1864 are available electronically in Indiana Memory:

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

V212: Anna W. Wright, Tomlinson account books

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2007/10 by Alison Smith. EAD finding aid created 2007/10 by Alison Smith.
Anna W. Wright 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.