Lilly Library Manuscript Collections

FAIRBANKS MSS.

The Fairbanks mss., 1819-1939, consist of letters and papers of Charles Warren Fairbanks, 1852-1918, U.S. senator and vice-president of the U.S., and his son, Warren Charles Fairbanks, 1878-1938, newspaper publisher.

Career of Charles Warren Fairbanks: born, May 11, 1852, in Union County, Ohio; A.B., Ohio Wesleyan University, 1872; employed, 1872-1874, as an Associated Press agent, first at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and then at Cleveland, Ohio; admitted to the Ohio bar, 1874; married Cornelia Cole, October 6, 1874; established law office in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1874; primarily a railroad attorney; active in politics from 1888 on; chairman, Indiana Republican conventions, 1892, 1898 and 1914; unsuccessful candidate for U.S. Senate, 1893; delegate to the Republican national conventions, 1896, 1900, 1904, and 1912; keynote speaker, 1896; U.S. senator, 1897-1905; chairman, American commissioners on the United States and British joint high commission for the adjustment of Canadian questions, 1898; vice-president of the U.S., 1905-1909; toured the world, 1909-1910; unsuccessful candidate for vice-president, 1916; trustee, Ohio Wesleyan University, American University, and DePauw University; regent, Smithsonian Institution; president, Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, Indiana, and Indiana Forestry Association; died, June 4, 1918.

The collection is organized into the following series: I. Biographical; II. Correspondence; III. Speeches; IV. Financial; V. Law Office; VI. Post Office; VII. Memorabilia; VIII. Printed; IX. Scrapbooks. An inventory of the collection is available.

The Charles Warren Fairbanks material, which comprises the bulk of the collection, includes correspondence with prominent political figures, businessmen, bankers, friends, relatives and constituents; manuscript and printed speeches of Fairbanks; bills and receipts; law office papers; photographs; slides of Fairbanks's trip around the world, 1909-1910; newspaper clippings. Most of the material belongs to Fairbanks' early years of practice as a railroad attorney and to his senatorial and vice-presidential periods. Subjects dealt with in the collection include federal and Indiana state politics and elections, 1884-1916; federal and state appointments, such as post masters in Indiana; railroads; the Spanish American War; the annexation of the Philippine Islands by the United States; Puerto Rico; the United States and British Joint High Commission for the Adjustment of Canadian Questions, 1898; Indiana affairs, 1896-1906; temperance, 1898-1900; the tariff; speaking engagements; family affairs; the Indianapolis Switch and Frog Company, 1897-1910; the Springfield Foundry Company, 1897-1902; and the Fairbanks Building Company, 1907-1918.

The Warren Charles Fairbanks papers, 1918-1938, relate to the settlement of the estate of his father, Charles Warren Fairbanks; the Indianapolis News; the Fairbanks Blue Ridge farms in Piatt County, Illinois; and the Fairbanks Valley farms in Greene County, Illinois.

In the correspondence are letters of George Ade, Alvey Augustus Adee, De Alva Stanwood Alexander, Russell Alexander Alger, William Boyd Allison, Richard Everard Webster Alverstone, Susan Brownell Anthony, Robert Burns Armstrong, Albion Fellows Bacon, Robert Bacon, Albert Baker, John Harris Baker, Lucien Baker, Newton Diehl Baker, Frank Clayton Ball, Thomas Robert Bard, Richard Bartholdt, Major William Bayliss, Alexander Graham Bell, Albert Jeremiah Beveridge, James W. Bashford, Cornelius Newton Bliss, Charles Joseph Bonaparte, William Edgar Borah, Henry Sherman Boutell, Justin De Witt Bowersock, Emmett Forest Branch, Luther Alberton Brewer, Abraham Lincoln Brick, Joseph Little Briston, John Brown, Walter Preston Brownlow, Enoch Albert Bryan, William Jennings Bryan, William Lowe Bryan, James Bryce, John Henry Burford, Elmer Jacob Burkett, Edwin Chick Burleigh, Henry Eben Burnham, Albert Minis Burns, Theodore Elijah Burton, Amos William Butler, Nicholas Murray Butler, John Campbell, William Wesley Canada, Joseph Gurney Cannon, Charles Arthur Carlisle, Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Henry Carter, Thomas H. Cavanaugh, William Eaton Chandler, John Crawford Chaney, John Charlton, Joseph Chartrand, Ira Joy Chase, Clarence Don Clark, Mrs. Grace Giddings (Julian) Clarke, Schuyler Colfax, 1823-1885, Schuyler Colfax, 1870-1925, Fred Cook, Calvin Coolidge, Austin Corbin, George Bruce Cortelyou, George Streiby Cottman, Winthrop Murray Crane, Earl Cranston, George Washington Cromer, Elisha Samuel Crumbaker, Edgar Dean Crumpacker, Shelby Moore Cullom, William Allen Cullop, William Cumback, Charles Curtis, Francis Wellington Cushman, Josephus Daniels, Homer Calvin Davenport, Cushman Kellogg Davis, Charles Gates Dawes, William Rufus Day, Charles William Frederick Dick, John Marcus Dickey, J.B. Dickson, William Paul Dillingham, Raymond E. Dodge, Jonathan Prentiss Dolliver, Winfield Taylor Durbin, John Babb Elam, Stephen Benton Elkins, William Henry Elliott, Lucius C. Embree, William Eastin English, Hamilton Glover Ewart, George Washington Faris, Charles James Faulkner, Marshall Field, Charles Fitzpatrick, Joseph Benson Foraker, Joseph Warren Fordney, Addison Gardner Foster, David Johnson Foster, John Watson Foster, Mary Parke (McFerson) Foster, William Dudley Foulke, Charles Newell Fowler, Charles Eugene Fuller, Charles William Fulton, Henry Watson Furniss, Lyman Judson Gage, Jacob Harold Gallinger, James Albert Gary, John Henry Gear, George V, James Gibbons, Clarence Chauncey Gilhams, Samuel Gompers, James Putnam Goodrich, John Kennedy Gowdy, Frederick Dent Grant, Julia (Dent) Grant, Ulysses Simpson Grant, Otto Gresham, Walter Quintin Gresham, Joseph Clark Grew, Albert Henry George Grey, Francis Marion Griffith, James Mathews Griggs, Charles Henry Grosvenor, Simon Guggenheim, Edward Everett Hale, Eugene Hale, Elijah Walker Halford, Marshall Halstead, Murat Halstead, Eli Shelby Hammond, James Franklin Hanly, Charlotte Augusta (Rhodes) Hanna, Marcus Alonzo Hanna, Warren Gamaliel Harding, Alexander Merrill Hardy, John Marshall Harlan, Ida (Husted) Harper, Edward Henry Harriman, Addison Clay Harris, Benjamin Harrison, Mary Scott (Lord) Harrison, Russell Benjamin Harrison, Roscoe O. Hawkins, Clara L. (Stone) Hay, Eugene Gano Hay, John Milton Hay, Rutherford Birchard Hayes, Elwood Haynes, William Harrison Hays, Hinton Rowan Helper, James Alexander Hemenway, Edgar E. Hendee, L.W. Henley, Charles Lewis Henry, Charles Slaten Hernly, Myron Timothy Herrick, Weldon Brinton Heyburn, David Jayne Hill, Ebenezer J. Hill, Charles Dewey Hilles, George Wheeler Hinman, Edmund Howard Hinshaw, Robert Roberts Hitt, George Frisbie Hoar, Garret Augustus Hobart, Jennie (Tuttle) Hobart, Philip C. Holland, Elias Selah Holliday, John Hampden Holliday, William Robeson Holloway, William Steele Holman, James Parks Hornaday, Alvin Peterson Hovey, Edmonds John Howard, Timothy Edward Howard, Charles Evans Hughes, James Anthony Hughes, William Ewart Humphrey, John Eugene Iglehart, Joseph Ireland Irwin, William Glanton Irwin, Ed Jackson, Thomas Jefferson, Sir Louis Amable Jett�, Henry Underwood Johnson, James Thomas Johnston, Joseph Forney Johnston, David Starr Jordan, George Washington Julian, Jean Adrien Antoine Jules Jusserand, Jonay Kuhio Kalanionaole, Joseph B. Kealing, John Kean, T.C. Keenleyside, Samuel Edward Kercheval, John Worth Kern, William Lyon Mackenzie King, William Albert Kittinger, Philander Chase Knox, Herman Henry Kohlsaat, Burton Alvan Konkle, Charles Beary Landis, Frederick Landis, Kenesaw Mountain Landis, John Wesley Langley, Robert Lansing, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, James Thompson Layman, Jacob D. Leighty, Oliver P. Lewis, Josiah Kirby Lilly, John W. Linck, Jetson Jackson Lincoln, Robert Todd Lincoln, Thomas J. Lindley, George Browning Lockwood, Anna Cabot (Davis) Lodge, Henry Cabot Lodge, William Loeb, Mary Simmerson (Cunningham) Logan, John Davis Long, Theodore James Louden, Frank Orren Lowden, Louis Leon Ludlow, William Gibbs McAdoo, Louis Emory McComas, Francis John McConnell, Joseph McCoy, Charles McCulloch, George Foulke McCulloch, William Fraser McDowell, Theodore Read McFerson, William KcKinley, William Brown McKinley, Anselm Joseph McLaurin, John Lowndes McLaurin, Charles Major, James Robert Mann, Henry W. Marshall, Thomas Riley Marshall, Jerry A. Mathews, Claude Matthews, Joseph Medill, Rachel Hughey (Larimer) Mellon, Gustavus Vasa Menzies, Winsotn Menzies, Virginia (Claypool) Meredith, George von Lengerke Meyer, Robert, Walter Miers, William Henry Milburn, Charles Arthur Moore, John Pierpont Morgan, John Tyler Morgan, Raymond B. Morgan, E.L. Morse, Lucinda M. (Burbank) Morton, Oliver Perry Morton, James Atwill Mount, Franklin Murphy, Knute Nelson, Harry Stewart New, Meredith Nicholson, Theodore William Noyes, Robert L. O'Brien, Thomas James O'Brian, Joseph Doty Oliver, Harrison Gray Otis, Jesse Overstreet, Robert Dale Owen, Robert Latham Owen, William Dale Owen, Albert Norton Parlin, David Maclean Parry, Robert Wilson Patterson, Julian Pauncefote, Stanton Judkins Peelle, William Lawrence Penfield, Boies Penrose, John Augustus Penton, Sir Robert William Perks, Samuel Henry Piles, Amos Richards Eno Pinchot, Orville Hitchcok Platt, Thomas Collier Platt, John Addison Porter, Terence Vincent Powderly, Redfield Procter, William Alfred Quayle, Samuel Moffett Ralston, Whitelaw Reid, James Whitcomb Riley, Arthur Raymond Robinson, James McClellan Robinson, Henry Wade Rogers, Edith Kermit (Carow) Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Elihu Root, Lemuel Willard Royse, Russell Sage, Rudolf Schwarz, E. Kilburn cott, Nathan Bay Scott, May (Wright) Sewall, Anna Howard Shaw, James Schoolcraft Sherman, George Laird Shoup, Furnifold McLendel Simmons, John Albert Sleicher, Campbell Slemp, Campbell Bascom Slemp, Abraham E. Smith, Charles Warren Smith, E.E. Smith, John R. Smith, Richard Smith, William Alden Smith, William Henry Smith, Reed Smoot, John Coit Spooner, Robert Nelson Stanfield, Ele Stansbury, Edward Stanwood, George Washington Steele, Theodore Clement Steele, Andrew Steffen, Isaac Stephenson, John B. Stoll, Winthrop Ellsworth Stone, Oscar Solomon Straus, Clement Studebaker, John Mohler Studebaker, Mark Sullivan, Joseph Swain, Lucius Burrie Swift, Hulbert Taft, William Howard Taft, Thomas Taggart, Kogoro Takahira, Booth Tarkington, James Albertus Tawney, Maurice Hudson Thatcher, Richard Wigginton Thompson, Benjamin Ryan Tillman, Charles Quincy Tirrell, Robert John Tracewell, Harry M. Turner, David Turpie, William H. Upham, Vernon Wick Van Fleet, Lewis Wallace, 1857-1928, John Wanamaker, Booker Taliaferro Washington, James Eli Watson, Henry Watterson, Capell Lane Weems, Jesse William Weik, Walter Wellman, Roy Owen West, Henry White, George Woodward Wickersham, John Thomas Wilder, John F. Wildman, R.S. Williams, Henry Wilson, Henry Lane Wilson, James Wilson, James Harrison Wilson, John Frank Wilson, John Moulder Wilson, Woodrow Wilson, Alfred Augustus Winslow, Charles Francis Wood, Robert Archer Woods, Hubert Work, Nathaniel Curwin Wright, and William Taylor Zenor. The correspondence also contains other materials such as contracts, certificates, law briefs, financial materials, writings, etc.

Gift. 1953, 1964

Collection size: 150,006 items

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