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Henry A. Barnhart collection

Identifier: L597

Scope and Contents

The collection consists primarily of Henry A. Barnhart's business and political correspondence, including his correspondence as owner of the Rochester Sentinel regarding operational costs, advertising, paper's editorials and news stories, and the Northern Indiana Editorial Association (1890s-1906); his correspondence as president of the Rochester Telephone Company regarding operational costs, rates and regulations of the telephone industry, employee relations, and the work of the Indiana Telephone association and the National Telepone Association (1906-1934); and his political correspondence, principally his congressional letters to and from constituents dealing with local politics, political appointments, and national issues such as the war in Europe, the National Security League, and women's suffrage. Also included are Barnharts's speeches on politics and Democratic principles; personal correspondence and family documents; his scrapbooks and mementos; and two manuscript humor newspapers (1881).

Correspondents include John A.M. Adair, W.A. Banta, Winfield T. Durbin, Benjamin F. Shively, John B. Stoll, and J.M. Studebaker.


  • 1866-1965


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

Henry A. Barnhart was born near Twelve Mile, Cass County, Indiana on September 11, 1858. He attended the common schools, Amboy Academy, and Wabash Normal Training School. Barnhart worked as a teacher, farmer, and surveyor of Fulton County, Indiana during 1885-1887. Additionally, he worked as a newspaper publisher, businessman, director of the United States Bank Trust Company, and director of Indiana State Prison in 1893.

Barnhart was elected as a Democrat to the Sixtieth U.S. Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative Abraham L. Brick. He was reelected to the sixty-first and to the four succeeding Congresses (November 3, 1908-March 3, 1919), and was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the sixty-sixth Congress in 1918. Henry Barnhart died on March 26, 1934, in Rochester, Indiana; interment in the Mausoleum, Rochester, Indiana.


5.6 Cubic Feet (13 manuscript boxes)

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Arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Series Personal papers, 1866-1965, undated

Series 2: Series Speeches, 1880-1936, undated

Series 3: Series Subject files, 1891-1936, undated

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Hugh Barnett on 1965/09/29.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/07/15 by Brent Abercrombie. EAD finding aid created 2014/07/22 by Brent Abercrombie.


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