Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Filbeck mss., 1861-1920, consist of letters and papers of Nicholas Filbeck, 1843-1915, hotelkeeper of Terre Haute, Indiana and of his estate.

Career: born in Viernheim, Hesse Darmstadt, Germany, December 15, 1843; son of Philip and Anna M. (Winkler) Filbeck; family came to United States and settled in Indianapolis, 1847; mother soon died; father went West leaving children in Indianapolis; father settled in Terre Haute, Indiana, 1847; Nicholas and sister, Mary, joined father in Terre Haute, 1853; served in 32nd Indiana infantry regiment, August 24, 1861 to September 7, 1864; married Rosina Kiefner, daughter of Adam and Catherine Kiefner of Lawrence county, Illinois, April 23, 1867; purchased lease and fixtures of Filbeck house, Terre Haute, 1869; postmaster, Terre Haute, 1873-1881; purchased house and grounds of Filbeck house, 1876; for 20 years chairman of Republican [Vigo] county central committee; member of Republican state committee, 1892-1898, and vice-chairman in 1896 compaign; died 1915.

This collection is principally concerned with the Filbeck Hotel, Terre Haute, Indiana, during the years 1894-1918. Other letters and papers included are some Civil War papers, 1861-1864; a history of the 32nd regiment, Indiana volunteers, in the Civil War; notebooks containing records of contributions and expenditures for soldiers' reunions, August 13-15, 1891 and September 14-16, 1892; letters relating to the operation of the Terre Haute post office, 1879-1880; some political letters, 1888-1912; two notebooks containing records of contributions and expenditures for the state anniversary meeting of the Ancient Order of United Workmen in Terre Haute on September 16, 1891; a history of the Vigo county monumental association, September 7, 1909; letters of condolence on the death of Nicholas Filbeck, 1915; and letters and papers relating to the estate of Nicholas Filbeck, 1915-1917. Correspondence after the death of Nicholas Filbeck is largely that of his son, Rutherford Nicholas Filbeck, 1877- .

Correspondents represented include Albert Jeremiah Beveridge, John Crawford Chaney, Charles Warren Fairbanks, Morton Craig Hunter, and Richard Wigginton Thompson.

Some of the material in this collection is in a folio folder.

Collection size: 417 items

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