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Margaret E. Bruner papers

Identifier: L557

Scope and Contents

This collection includes business papers, family materials and photographs, personal and business correspondence, poetry published in newspapers and magazines, and other materials from Margaret E. Bruner, her family, and other writers, in Indiana and New York ranging from 1865 to 1971, regarding women authors, family matters, poetry, writing, religion, friendship, and the publishing industry.


  • 1965-1971


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

Margaret "Maggie" Elizabeth Bruner was an Indiana poet and columnist. Bruner was born on September 25, 1886 in West Fork, Crawford County, Indiana. Her parents were Vardamon [Vardimon] David and Henrietta Shannon (Saunders) Baggerly, and her mother's family migrated to North America in 1748. She was the youngest of seven children, including David H., Robin F., James H., Queen Anna, Lela F., and Eugene. Bruner and Irvin S. Cobb, the American humorist and author, were cousins, being related through their mothers. She married Vate Bruner on October 7, 1916 in Henry County, Indiana and spent most of her life there in the city of New Castle.

In addition to her writing career, Bruner worked as a teacher and stenographer. She wrote twelve books of poetry, lyrics for several songs, and a weekly column, "In Thoughtful Mood," for the local newspaper, News Republican, from 1946 to 1970. She received many awards, including an Honor Certificate from Freedoms Foundation in 1960 and the National League of American Pen Women's Outstanding Author of the Great Lakes Area in 1964. She was also a member of many organizations, including the National League of America Pen Women and animal rights organizations.

She died on April 28, 1971 and was buried in South Mound Cemetery, New Castle, Indiana with her late husband, who had died on January 10, 1947.


Information found within the collection. "Baggerly, Maggie E." 1900 United States Federal Census. Accessed Augsut 17, 2015. "Baggerly, [Vardimon]." 1880 United States Federal Census. Accessed Augsut 17, 2015. "Bruner, Vate." Indiana, Marriage Collection, 1800-1941. Accessed Augsut 17, 2015.

"Bruner, Margaret E." Contemporary Authors, vol. 17-18. Detroit, MI: Gale Research Company, 1967. "Margaret E. Bruner." Find a Grave Index. Accessed August 19, 2015.

Henry County Genealogical Services. "Bruner, Margaret E." Henry Co., IN Death Records 1880-2000 (B). Accessed Augsut 17, 2015.

"Margaret E. Bruner, Poet, Author, Dies." New Castle (Ind.) Courier-Times, April 29, 1971, p. A1-3.


3.6 Cubic Feet (11 manuscript boxes)

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Arranged in the following series:

Series 1: General papers Series 2: Personal writing and works

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as donations from Margaret E. Bruner on 1964/01/05 and Rabbi Sidney Greenburg on 1971/06/11.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2009/08 by Brent Abercrombie. EAD finding aid created 2015/08/19 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid revised 2015/08/27 by Brittany Kropf.
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Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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