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Amos Wade Jackson collection

Identifier: L633

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the business, political, and personal papers of Amos Wade Jackson, Lola Raper Jackson, Rowland H. Jackson and Ethel Jaekle Jackson ranging from 1825 to 1979. The bulk of the collection consists of legal correspondence and documents from Jackson Abstract, Inc. and Jackson and Jackson, Attorneys at Law and includes original and carbon copies of abstracts of title, warranty deeds, mortgages, attorney’s opinions, wills, estates, guardianships, divorces, and lawsuits. Also included are correspondence and documents regarding the Home Owner’ Loan Corporation (1933-1947), the Jefferson Proving Ground (1942-1976), the Versailles State Park project (1934-1975), and the court case record books of Jackson and Jackson and Amos Wade Jackson (1920-1947).

Rowland and Ethel Jackson’s family papers include Jefferson Wade’s permit to teach (1847), Samuel and Fanny Jackson’s warranty deeds (1857-1869), Amos Jackson’s insurance documents (1876-1879), Amos and Mary Jackson’s correspondence with the Bureau of Pensions (1877-1888), Mary Jackson’s January 18, 1889 letter of guardianship regarding her children, and Jaekle and Newton family genealogy (undated). The collection also has commencement programs from Osgood Public School (1891) and Versailles and Johnson Township schools (1892 and 1902); a souvenir from the Dabney School (1900-1901); a copy of Parker’s Supplementary Reader (June 1893); the pamphlet, A Plea for the Penal Farm (circa 1912); and documents and publications regarding Ethel’s interests in antique glassware, flower arranging, and local history (1941 -1964). The collection also includes directories and standing rules and orders for the Indiana General Assembly (1911-1917) and correspondence and documents related to Rowland’s service in the Indiana Senate and concerning various legislative topics, including prohibition, woman’s suffrage, bank license tax, public utilities, teachers pensions, and road legislation.

Amos Wade and Lola Jackson’s papers include Lola’s recipe book containing recipes clipped from newspapers (undated); advertisement pamphlets for the “20th Century Cake Beater and Dough Kneader” manufactured by B. J. Spilker of Cincinnati (circa 1890s) and “The Hamilton” mixer manufactured by Hamilton and Sons of Huntsville, Alabama (circa 1908); Sheet music for the song, “Dreaming (Today I am Dreaming)” by Newman Byard (1937); Indiana Federation of Art Clubs yearbooks and programs and documents regarding Indiana art exhibits (1941-1972); Lola’s undated handwritten transcriptions of three Civil War letters send by William C. Austin (1826-1865) of Company I, 82nd Indiana Volunteer Regiment to his family in Dearborn County, Indiana; announcements, invitations, and greeting cards from friends, business associates, and politicians, including Birch Bayh, Vance Hartke, and Lee Hamilton (1959-1970s); correspondence and documents regarding the sale of their Merritt Island, Florida real estate to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for the expansion of Cape Canaveral (1941-1963); and various publications and advertisements, including The Hoosier Day weekly newsletter (1959), The Hoosier Annual (1962), a Wm. H. Block Company advertisement for McCalls patterns with 1961 Miss America Nancy Anne Fleming, a 1964 Murat Shrine Circus program, and a brochure for the proposed James Whitcomb Riley Center (circa 1963). The collection also includes various documents regarding anti-communism and patriotism (1956-1966), Democratic politics and elections (1938-1970), and Judge Jackson’s documents regarding judicial and legislative topics, including water fluoridation and gun control (1935-1972).

There are also oversize folders containing documents, certificates, ephemera, maps, architectural drawings and blueprints, a nautical chart. Folder 1 of OBC102 contains Rowland’s certificate of appointment to the local draft board (June 20, 1918) and several of Amos Wade’s certificates: his initiation into Theta Kappa Nu (October 11, 1924); his Hanover College Diploma (June 1926); his certifications as a “duly admitted and qualified” attorney to appear before the Southern Indiana District Court (May 28, 1930), Eastern Kentucky District (May 25, 1940) and United States Supreme Court (October 23, 1943); his appointment as a government appeal agent for Local Board No. 69, Indiana (September 20, 1948); his election as Judge of the Indiana Supreme Court (December 2, 1958); his initiation into the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity – Ralph Hamill Chapter (May 9, 1961); a “Sagamore of the Wabash” certificate by Indiana Governor Matthew E. Welsh (December 21, 1961); his commission as a Kentucky colonel (September 23, 1969); and one verifying his membership in the American Judicature Society (undated).

Folder 2 of OBC102 includes the front page of the February 16, 1898 Indianapolis News with stories of the Battleship Maine; copies of the Pikes Peak Daily News (October 2, 1902) and The Pan-American (September 1904); a Radio Circular Company’s “Bargain Bulletin” (February 1930); one page from Indiana Rural News with an article regarding the Chain O’Lakes on one side and pictures of statewide 4-H achievement winners on the reverse side (August 1969); a double-page spread political advertisement for Matthew E. Welsh from his 1972 gubernatorial campaign; and a 24 page handbook for Democratic precinct workers, printed on 6 pages and uncut (circa 1964).

Folder OBD028 contains Ripley County maps (1929-1930); maps of the part of the War Emergency Pipeline that was built between Middleton, Ohio to Morris, Illinois and passed through Laughery Township, Ripley County, Indiana (1942); architectural drawings for a proposed law office (1958) and proposed alterations to Suites 304 and 305 of the Indiana State House (circa 1962); blueprints for “The Burr Cottage,” a cabin designed by William and Dora Burr for the Twin Hills Tuberculosis Camp at Terre Haute, Indiana (undated); and a Palm Shores to West Palm Beach nautical chart (September 1970).


  • 1825-1979


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 / Historical

Rowland Holman Jackson was born on June 26, 1872 in Ripley County, Indiana to Amos and Mary Wade Jackson. He was a teacher and school administrator in Ripley County, Bedford, Kentucky and Phoenix, Arizona and worked as a clerk for the B and O Railroad before attending the Indiana Law School at Indianapolis from 1901 to 1903. He was admitted to the bar in 1901 and practiced law in Versailles, the county seat of Ripley County. A Democrat, he served as Ripley County deputy prosecuting attorney prior to serving his district in the Indiana General Assembly as a state senator from 1911 to 1917. Besides his partnership in the law firm of Jackson and Jackson, hee also owned several farms, had an interest in Jackson Abstracts, Inc., and served as director and president of the Bank of Versailles. He married Georgia W. Frohlinger (1873-1915) on September 30, 1903 and they had two sons: Norris, who died in infancy, and Amos Wade. Following the death of Georgia in 1915, Rowland married Ethel Jaekle of Silver Creek, New York in November 1919. Ethel was born on October 7, 1887 and was the daughter of John and Mary Jaekle. Mrs. Jackson was active in local Versailles organizations, including the Order of the Eastern Star, the Fort Nightly Study Club and the Baptist Missionary Circle. Rowland was also an active member of the community as a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 7, Chapter No. 333 of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Ripley County Bar Association. He continued to practice law until his death at the age of 84 on May 1, 1957 and Ethel passed away a few years later on November 10, 1964.

Rowland’s younger son, Amos Wade, was born on June 25, 1904. He was admitted to the bar in 1925 prior to his graduation from Hanover College (Ind.) in 1926. He formed a partnership in the law firm of Jackson & Jackson with his father in 1930 and also served as president of Jackson Abstracts, Inc. He served as the Ripley County prosecuting attorney (1937-1940), as an associate attorney with the United States War Department (1942-1943) and as an officer and president of the Bank of Versailles. He continued to practice law in Versailles until he won election as the Democratic candidate for Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court in 1958. He retired from the Court in 1970 due to health issues. He and his wife, Lola Raper Jackson, were married on August 20, 1927 and were the parents of two daughters. Lola was born on May 5, 1902 at Reno, Illinois to Herbert and Leonora Raper. A 1922 graduate of Eastern Illinois Teachers College, she taught Home Economics and coached the girls’ basketball team at South Point-Delta High School in South Point, Ohio prior to her marriage. Lola was active in several organizations, including the Rose Marie Couzan Parliamentary Law Club No. 1, State Assembly Woman’s Club, the Art Club of Versailles, and the Indiana Federation of Art Clubs. Judge Jackson passed away on September 30, 1972 and Lola passed away almost twenty years later on April 30, 1992.


Information found within collection. “Amos W. Jackson.” Indiana Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed February 15, 2019. “Ethel J. Jackson.” Indiana Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed February 15, 2019. “Lola R. Jackson.” Indiana Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed February 15, 2019. “Rowland H. Jackson.” Indiana Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed February 15, 2019.

“Amos W. Jackson, Former Judge, Dies.” Indianapolis Star (IN), October 2, 1972.

“Ethel Jackson Rites Friday.” Versailles Republican (IN), November 12, 1964.

“Former Supreme Court Justic Jackson Dies.” The Osgood Journal (IN), October 3, 1972.

“Lola Raper Jackson.” Obituary. Versailles Republican (IN), May 7, 1992.

“Widely Known Attorney Dies at Versailles.” Versailles Republican (IN), May 2, 1957.


13.38 Cubic Feet (39 manuscript boxes, 1 half size manuscript box, 3 oversize folders)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged in the following series and subseries:

Series 1: Rowland Holman and Ethel Jaekle Jackson documents, 1847-1977

Series 2: Amos Wade and Lola Raper Jackson documents, 1921-1976

Series 3: Jackson Abstract, Inc. records, 1825-1976

Subseries 3.1: Correspondence and documents, 1912-1976 Subseries 3.2: Abstracts of title, 1825-1957

Series 4: Jackson and Jackson, Attorneys at Law records, 1854-1965

Subseries 4.1: Correspondence and documents, 1920-1947, undated Subseries 4.2: Legal correspondence and documents, 1854-1965

Series 5: Oversize documents, 1902-1972

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donations from Mrs. Amos Jackson from 1978 to 1982.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 2000 by Philip N. Williams. Collection was reprocessed in 2019/02 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2019/02 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid revised 2022/03/01 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.