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Rapin Andrews collection

Identifier: L004

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a copy of the weather diary begun by Rapin Andrews in 1837. After his death in 1849, the diary was continued by an unknown individual. Locations for temperature readings were Gorham, Ontario County, New York (1837-1839) and Perry Township, Allen County, Indiana. Rapin recorded the temperature three times daily. He also noted wind speed and direction, and included notes about the overall conditions for that day. Occasionally, Andrews included other notes about recent events, such as the assassination of President Lincoln and the death of Chief Richardville, chief of the Miami Indians.


  • 1837-1874


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

Rapin Andrews was probably born in New York State, around 1782. Evidence exists that he may have fought in the War of 1812, serving in Hardenbergh’s Regiment, part of the New York Militia. An early history of Perry Township states, “Rapin Andrews, named as an early settler, came to Perry Township with his wife, Mary Brimmer, and their children, from New York in 1839, and began to take a hand in the township's development. He was one of its most valued citizens. He was a Mason, while in New York, during the period of the Morgan excitement, and was a charter member of the first Royal Arch lodge of Allen County. He was one of the 11 voters at the first presidential election in Perry Township, in 1840. In 1849 he died at the age of 67, but his widow survived until 1884, reaching the age of 85 years.”


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from the Indiana State Planning Board in Indianapolis, Indiana on December 10, 1936.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed by Jennifer Duplaga during February 2005. EAD finding aid created 2015/07/28 by Bethany Fiechter.
Rapin Andrews collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.