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Lake County, Indiana collection

Identifier: L551

Scope and Contents

This collection includes autographed, signed correspondence from Solon Robinson and others in Indiana ranging from 1836 to 1919 regarding county organization and government and military service; typed commissioners minutes and court records and other government documents in Lake County, Indiana ranging from 1837 to 1936 regarding county government and official business; typed and autographed histories of Lake County and communities from 1836 to 1955 and undated; typed records of businesses, industries and organizations in Lake County, Indiana from 1943 to 1949 and undated, regarding history, organization and activities; publication dated 1931/31/03 regarding Kirkland murder case; and a typed directory from 1839.

There are also 2 land grants for land in Crown Point, Indiana dated from November 1851. The land grants were originally issued to Joseph D. Foster and James Gann and were then given to Henry C. Carter (OB059).


  • 1836-1955


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

Lake County, Indiana was created out of the counties of Porter and Newton in 1836 (remaining attached to Porter County until February 15, 1837, at which time it became an independent county), by acts of the Indiana General Assembly. It was named for its location on Lake Michigan. On April 6, 1837, it was divided into three townships; North, Center, and South. Its county seat was originally in Liverpool but, due to the dissatisfaction of many residents, was relocated to Lake Court House in 1840 (later renamed and incorporated in 1868 as Crown Point). There are now twelve townships.


Items within the collection.

"Lake County." Lake County Historical Museum. Accessed June 12, 2015.

"Lake County." Lake County, Indiana Government. Accessed June 12, 2015.


0.35 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box, 1 oversize folder)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as donations from Orpha M. Peters on 1932/04/16; Gary Public Library; 1934/03/24 Myrtle Huehn on 1934/07/23; Gary Public Library on 1935/03/02; Claribel C. Bevan on 1955/10/16; William J. Hamilton on 1991/02/21.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/06/12 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2015/06/12 by Edythe Huffman. Oversize collection processing completed in 1998 by Philip N. Williams. Oversize collection reprocessed and EAD finding aid revised 2021/10/14 by Lauren Patton.
Lake County, Indiana 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.