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William H. Elliott collection

Identifier: L601

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence and bound volumes from William H. Elliott and correspondence between family members and friends in New Castle, Indiana; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Italy, and France, with a few correspondence from miscellaneous other states in the U.S. ranging from 1895 to 1945 regarding political and personal matters.


  • 1893-1945


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

William H. Elliott was a resident of New Castle, Indiana, and owner of the Indiana Courier from 1877 to 1898. After a brief commission as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during the Spanish-American War, he served as director general of posts in Puerto Rico from 1899 to May 1900. Elliott was subsequently appointed as commissioner of the Interior for Puerto Rico by President William McKinley until June 5, 1904. After his attempts to follow William Hunt as governor of Puerto Rico fell through, and after speculation of an appointment to collector of customs did similarly, Elliott returned to New Castle to tend to property matters and resume a role with the Indiana Courier.


0.6 Cubic Feet (2 manuscript boxes)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Thomas D. Hamm on 2009/08/14.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/10/07 by Braden Pefley. EAD finding aid created 2014/10/07 by Braden Pefley.
William H. Elliott collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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