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Russell family appointment certificates

 Collection — Folder: OB189
Identifier: OB189

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photocopies of appointment certificates for James and Alexander Russell dated from 1849 to 1852.


  • 1849-1852

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

Alexander Russell was born in Franklin County, Kentucky in 1796. In May of 1821, Russell migrated to Indianapolis, Indiana. Under Governor Noah Noble, Russell was commissioned to raise a short-lived 300-member volunteer militia to fight the "Indian War". Russell was successful in business, being a stockholder and director of the Branch Bank. Under President Zachary Taylor, he was appointed to the office of deputy postmaster of Indianapolis. Russell died while in office on October 1, 1852 and was succeeded by James. N. Russell, who was appointed to the office under President Millard Fillmore.


Items in the collection.

Nowland, John H.B. Early Reminiscences of Indianapolis. Indianapolis: Tilford and Carlson, 1870.


0.05 Cubic Feet (1 medium oversize folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from William Sullivan on 1934/10/15.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 2005/12 by Benjamin Clark. EAD finding aid created 2021/09/09 by Lauren Patton.
Russell family appointment certificates
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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