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John M. Smith collection

Identifier: L596

Scope and Contents

This collection includes booklets, letters, photographs, maps, tintypes, newspaper clippings and realia from John M. Smith's personal collection ranging from 1790 to 1997 regarding Indiana history.


  • 1804-1982

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.


10.5 Cubic Feet (21 manuscript boxes, 1 medium oversize box)


This collection is arranged in the following series and subseries:

Series 1: Indiana tourism documents, 1946-1982; undated

Series 2: Regional, county and city fair material, 1857-1974

Subseries 2.1: County and city fair materials, 1871-1974 Subseries 2.2: Indiana State Fair materials, 1857-1940

Series 3: Indiana veterans documents, 1881-1975

Series 4: Great Lakes region, commercial and industrial documents, 1841-1980; undated

Subseries 4.1: Milling, 1873-1897 Subseries 4.2: Railroads, 1850-1960; undated Subseries 4.3: Home building and interior design documents, 1913-1961 Subseries 4.4: Subject files, 1841-1980

Series 5: Subject files, 1841-1980

Subseries 5.1: Relationship advice documents, 1861-1910 Subseries 5.2: Temperance documents, 1846-1909 Subseries 5.3: Religious documents, 1844-1904; undated Subseries 5.4: Literary documents, 1876-1975 Subseries 5.5: Educational documents, 1872-1983 Subseries 5.6: Law documents, 1836-1983 Subseries 5.7: Political campaign documents, 1813-1984 Subseries 5.8: Natural history documents, 1848-1973 Subseries 5.9: Native American documents, 1883-1940 Subseries 5.10: Northwest and Indiana Territory documents, 1780-1950 Subseries 5.11: Civil War and Reconstruction documents, 1856-1973 Subseries 5.12: Federal government documents, 1804-1936 Subseries 5.13: State government documents, 1814-1982 Subseries 5.14: Indianapolis documents, 1876-1980 Subseries 5.15: Northern Indiana documents, 1837-1989 Subseries 5.16: Southern Indiana and Whitewater Valley documents, 1806-1981 Subseries 5.17: Societies and social club documents, 1846-1969 Subseries 5.18: Preservation documents, 1900-1988 Subseries 5.19: Non-Indiana documents, circa 1800-1997; undated Subseries 5.20: Oversize documents, 1840-1952; undated

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from John M. Smith on 2011/03/11.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/06/23 by Keenan Salla. EAD finding aid created 2014/06/23 by Keenan Salla. EAD finding aid revised by Bethany Fiechter 2014/07/30.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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