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Farley family collection

Identifier: L664

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence and various documents of the Farley family ranging from 1861 to 1966, including birth certificates and marriage certificates, school report cards, school work, and invitations and programs from Washington, D.C. social and political events. Other items include a photographic image of a certificate of appointment of Thomas Davey as second lieutenant of the Bedford County (Pennsylvania) militia dated December 10, 1777; a certificate discharging L.S. Davis of Lorain County, Ohio from service as one of the "Squirrel Hunters," men who went to Ohio's southern border to defend against invasion during the Civil War, dated March 4, 1863 and signed by Ohio Governor David Tod; a copy of the January 1942 edition of Club Dial containing an article written by Nancy Farley, granddaughter of James I. Farley; a photograph of Mary Iliff at 12 years old in Petoskey, Michigan; and a photograph of Robert Land, Jr. circa 1937.

The collection's oversize folder (OBC236) contains a copy of the January 8, 1831 edition of the Richmond Palladium; Mary Iliff's June 2, 1916 high school diploma; an invitation to the July 4, 1929 Gaar family reunion held in Richmond, Indiana and a photograph of approximately 200 descendants of the Gaar family who attended; and a panoramic photograph of the Indiana University Alumni Association of Washington, D.C. reception and banquet held at the Kennedy-Warren on February 3, 1940.


  • 1777-1966


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

James Indus Farley (1871-1948) was born in Steuben County, Indiana to Frank and Nancy (McCurdy) Farley. He married Charlotte "Lotta" Mae Gramling (1874-1961) in 1893. Lotta was the daughter of Peter and Lovina (Strickler) Gramling. James attended Tri-State College (Angola, Ind.) and Simpson College (Indianola, Iowa) and became the vice president of the Auburn Automobile Company. A Democrat, he served three terms in the United States Congress (1933-1939).

James and Indus Farley were the parents of five children, including Paul Emery Farley (1897-1981). Paul's first marriage to Maxine Kendall ended in divorce in April 1934. He then married Mary Elizabeth Iliff Land in June 1934. Mary (1898-1995) was the daughter of Lewis and Gertrude (Lincoln) Iliff and was raised in Richmond, Indiana. She married Robert N. Land in June 1917 and they had one son, Robert Land, Jr. (1918-2004), before divorcing in November 1933 on the grounds of cruel and inhumane treatment. Robert Land was a descendant of the Gaar family, early pioneers of Richmond and Wayne County, Indiana.


Information found within collection.

"James I. Farley Dies of Heart Ailment." Angola Hearld (Ind.), June 25, 1948.

"Services for Developer Paul Farley." Fort Lauderdale News (Fla.), July 15, 1981.


0.36 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box, 1 large oversize folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a records transfer from the Genealogy Division on 2013/05/09. The collection was originally donated by Ruth Miller to the Islands Historical Society of Bokeelia, Florida on 2003/10/11 and then donated to the Indiana State Library on 2004/08/04.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

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

OB236: Farley family oversize collection

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/08/04 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2021/08/04 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid revised 2021/11/22 by Lauren Patton.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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