The Bottsford mss., 1877-1885, consist chiefly of letters from James Whitcomb Riley, 1849-1916, poet, to Clara Louise Bottsford, 1852-1910, poet, who lived in Philadelphia, Indiana, at that time. Although of a romantic nature, they also mention lecture engagements, poets and poetry, and persons in other professions. Other correspondents include William Farrand Felch, 1855-1930, journalist; Lee O. Harris, 1839-1909, educator; Franklin W. Hays, 1858-1908, physician; Henry Morford, 1823-1881, author; John Chalfant New, 1831- 1906, journalist; and Mrs. Mary Elizabeth (Riley) Payne, 1864-1936, sister of James Whitcomb Riley.
A biographical sketch and two of Clara Louise Bottsford's poems appear in J. H. Binford, History of Hancock County, published by William Mitchell Greenfield, Indiana, 1882, pages 310, 502, 504.
Collection size: 350 items