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Van Scyoc and Shackelford family papers

Identifier: L556

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of the personal and business papers of the Van Scyoc and Shackelford families. This includes correspondence, school records, receipts, account books and ledgers, photographs, and other documents related to their interests.

There are also marriage certificate of Artie L. Shackelford and Mary Bessie Van Scyoc, two company calendars, and two broadsides, one advertising the second Indianapolis Industrial Exposition (OBD029).


  • 1844-1978


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 / Historical

Ralph W. Shackelford was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on July 31, 1909. He was a life-long resident of Broad Ripple. His parents were Artie L. and Mary Bessie (Van Scyoc) Shackelford. Mary Bessie's parents were John Wesley and Martha Ann Bradley Van Scyoc. John W. Van Scyoc was a Marion County justice of the peace, owner of threshing business, and a business management advisor.

Ralph Shackelford became an inventory manager at Naval Avionics Center and a route supervisor for the Indianapolis Star. He was an active Mason and member of the Scottish Rite and Murat Shrine. He was also active in the Broad Ripple Methodist Church.


7.65 Cubic Feet (22 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box, 1 extra-large oversize folder)

Language of Materials



Arranged in the following series and subseries:

Series 1: Personal papers, 1859-1978

Subseries 1.1: Correspondence, 1859-1977 Subseries 1.2: Personal papers, 1882-1972 Subseries 1.3: Clubs, organizations, and churches, 1872-1977 Subseries 1.4: Photographs, ca. 1890's-1978

Series 2: Business, financial, and legal papers, 1844-1969

Series 3: Miscellaneous papers, 1875-1977

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Ralph Shackelford on 1977/11/18.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

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

SP012: Bradley family photograph collection

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2019/04/29 by Lauren Patton. EAD finding aid created 2019/04/29 by Lauren Patton.
Van Scyoc and Shackelford family papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.