Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Holman mss., 1822-1894, are the papers and correspondence of Richard Henry Holman, 1817-1841, lawyer, written chiefly during his attendance at Indiana College at Bloomington, of his father, Jesse Lynch Holman, 1774-1842, judge, and of his broth er-in-law, Allen Hamilton, 1798-1864, Indiana state legislator, largely concerned with land speculation and payments.

The collection is organized into the following series: I. Correspondence; II. Miscellaneous; III. Taber-Hamilton.

The correspondence is arranged chronologically. Items of particular interest include: notes by Holman on his last illness (tuberculosis), Oct. 26-Dec. 26, 1841; a letter from Allen Hamilton to Lizzie St. Clair Dill, Jan. 19, 1861, explaining why sh e had not been elected as librarian; a document signed by the mark of Jean Baptiste Richardville, Mar. 22, 1838 and other documents about him and Francis Godfroy, both Miami Indians; and several letters from the Hamiltons written from Europe in the 1850s. Some of the correspondents include: Lewis Cass, Henry Clay, Schuyler Colfax, William Mitchel Daily, Daniel Drake, George Grundy Dunn, Paris Chipman Dunning, William C. Foster, William Steele Holman, David Hoover, Louise Jane (Howe) Maxwell (Mrs. James Da rwin Maxwell), Beaumont Parks, Hugh Thomson Reid, George Seaman Sheets, Jared Sparks, Cyrus Taber, Charles H. Test, Nelson Horatio Torbert, John Sebrie Watts, and Joseph Albert Wright.

Among the miscellaneous materials in the collection are the diary of Richard Henry Holman published in the Indiana Magazine of History, 49:281-306 (September, 1953) and various other writings; a portrait of him on horn; a poem by Jesse Lynch Holman; and several printed pieces.

Completing the collection and arranged chronologically is a file of letters and papers sent by Cyrus Taber, 1800-1855, to Allen Hamilton. Consisting of ninety items dating 1832-1956, these materials concern the business relationship of Taber in Logansport and Hamilton in Fort Wayne. Throughout the material are references to land sales, Miami Indians, provisioning the store, actions of the state legislature (of which both men at different times were members), and the estate of General John Tipton. O ther letters of Taber to Hamilton, chiefly from the 1830s, may be found in the Allen Hamilton papers at the Indiana State Library.

Gift. Holman Hamilton. Lexington, Kentucky. 1977, 1978

Collection size: 456 items

For more information about this collection and any related materials contact the Public Services Department, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405. Call (812) 855-2452 or send an email using our Ask a Question form.