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George W. Lawson diaries

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: L626

Scope and Contents

This collection includes George W. Lawson's diaries ranging from July 1877 to July 1910. In his diaries, Lawson records the weather, farm activities, business and personal accounts, marriages, births and deaths of family and friends, and church and social activities. He also records his thoughts about elections, local and national happenings, and international events. There are a several loose items inserted in the volumes, including newspaper clippings and an October 9, 1901 map and calendar of events for the Pan-American Exposition held in Buffalo, New York.


  • 1877-1910


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 Washington Lawson was born December 25, 1848 in Hawkins, Tennessee to Alem (or Allen) and Susan (Manis) Lawson. He was a resident of Tuscola, Douglas County, Illinois when he enlisted in 135th Illinois Volunteer Infantry for 3 months service. Following the war, Lawson moved to Stoney Creek Township, Madison County, Indiana. He married Harriet Manis (1851-1908) on July 11, 1869 and they had eleven children, eight of whom lived to adulthood. He was a successful farmer and was active in community affairs for many years. Lawson passed away at the age of 81 on July 27, 1930.


Information found within collection. "George W. Lawson." Web: Illinois, U.S., Databases of Illinois Veterans Index, 1775-1995. Accessed February 8, 2022.

"Injury Fatal to G.W. Lawson."Anderson Daily Bulletin (IN), July 28, 1930. "George W. Lawson." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed February 8, 2022.


0.8 Cubic Feet (2 large manuscript boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from the Anderson Public Library on 2018/06/25.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/02/09 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/02/09 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.