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George W. Roberts collection

Identifier: L579

Scope and Contents

The George W. Roberts collection includes two Civil War diaries, correspondence, a coffee can, and spoon belonging to George W. Roberts; annual encampment ribbons, Grand Army of the Republic awards and ribbons, and miscellaneous Civil War insignia ranging from circa 1861 to 1914. The collection also includes membership and meeting ribbons from his daughter, Eva Roberts Courtney, who was president of the Woman’s Relief Corps during 1943-1944. Also included are transcriptions of George W. Roberts correspondence ranging from 1862 to 1912, undated.


  • 1861-1943


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

George W. Roberts was born on March 3, 1834 in Williamsburg, Indiana. As a local plasterer, he married Orisa A. Stetson on September 21, 1854. On August 3, 1862, Roberts enlisted in Company E, Indiana 69th Infantry Regiment. He was promoted to full sergeant and mustered out on July 5, 1865 in Mobile, Alabama. The Roberts family had three children: Alice, William, and Eva. Orisa passed away on October 30, 1894 and Roberts later married Mary E. Ball on September 6, 1902.

Roberts was an avid member of the Grand Army of the Republic. He died on March 10, 1913 in Richmond, Indiana.

Source: U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865. Accessed July 2013.


1 Cubic Feet (3 manuscript boxes)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Lynn Edwin Jones in 2011/08.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 2013/07 by Bethany Fiechter. EAD finding aid created in 2013/07 by Bethany Fiechter. EAD finding aid revised 2020/09/04 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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