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Ross Franklin Lockridge collection

Identifier: L598

Scope and Contents

The collection includes papers regarding Ross Franklin Lockridge's duties as director of Hoosier Historic Memorial Activities, ranging from 1825 to 1950 and undated. The bulk of the collection concerns New Harmony, Indiana and members of the Owen community, as well as Indiana historical events and figures. Also included are speeches and papers written by Lockridge and his students on early Hoosiers, including Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, and other Indiana and United States history topics.

There is also a biographical manuscript from John S. Duss regarding his life, including early recollections of the "Oekonomie" Harmonite community in Pennsylvania.


  • 1877-1952


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

Ross Franklin Lockridge was an educator and attorney. He was born in Miami County, Indiana on October 26, 1877 and was a graduate of Indiana University; teacher and principal of Peru High School (1895-1905); Indiana University law school librarian (1905-1906); Indiana University instructor (1906-1907, 1913-1917); practiced law in Shawnee, Oklahoma (1907-1913); Indiana director of Federal Writers Project (1935-1937); director of Hoosier Historic Memorial Activities under the Indiana University Foundation (1937-1939); and author of several books, including How Government Functions in Indiana (1918); George Rogers Clark (1927); Abraham Lincoln (1930); The Hoosier Township Trustee (1930); Lasalle (1931); The Old Fauntleroy Home (1939); The Labyrinth of New Harmony (1941); and The Story of Indiana (1951). Lockridge died on January 12, 1952 and was buried in Lindenwood Cemetery in Fort Wayne, Indiana.


Items in the collection. "Dr. Ross Franklin Lockridge." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed May 29, 2024.


5.2 Cubic Feet (15 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1: New Harmony, Indiana, 1825-1946, undated

Series 2: Hoosier historical institutes and other education site recitals, 1930-1950

Series 3: Newspaper clippings, 1880-1950

Series 4: New Deal and Great Depression programs, 1928-1945

Series 5: Indiana history, 1812-1949, undated Subseries 5.1: General history, 1812-1949, undated Subseries 5.2: Hoosier biography, 1813-1930 Subseries 5.3: Harrison family, 1901-1940 Subseries 5.4: Abraham Lincoln, 1863-1946 Subseries 5.5: Native American history, undated

Series 6: U.S. History, 1936, undated

Series 7: John S. Duss manuscript, undated

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

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

S845: Ross Lockridge, Jr. collection

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/07/16 by Bethany Fiechter. EAD finding aid created 2014/07/16 by Bethany Fiechter. EAD finding aid revised 2023/05/12 by A.J. Chrapliwy; 2024/05/29 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.