Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Howe mss., 1820-1915, consist chiefly of deeds belonging to the family of Joshua Owen Howe, 1784-1870, merchant of Bloomington in Monroe County, Indiana, and frequently concerned with sale of lots in the town. With the papers is a Certificate of Naturalization for John Graham in 1845; a land grant from the administration of James Knox Polk in 1849; and seven receipts to John Graham for stock in the New Albany and Salem Railroad, 1850-1853.

Among the signatories to the several documents are the following names: James M.H. Allison, Document 10; Lewis Bollman, Documents 18, 23, 29; James Borland, Document 9, David Browning, Documents 15, 16, 19, Thomas Carter, Documents 29; Paris Chipman Dunning, Document 12; William Arnold Gorman, Document 14; Alfred Everett Graham, Documents 40, 49; John Graham, Documents 12, 18, 21, 25, 29; John Graham Jr., Documents 42, 43; James Scott Hester, Document 24; Joseph McDonald Howe, Documents 17, 19, 37, 41; John Ketcham, Document 12; Samuel Hervey Laughlin, Document 27; James Darwin Maxwell, Document 50; Samuel M. Orchard, Document 27; Addison Smith, Documents 2, 3, 4, 6.

Document 5, dated 1823, is a form printed by Dunkin & Morrison, printers, Charleston, Indiana; Document 17, dated 1840, is a form printed by the Franklin Office, Bloomington, Indiana; Document 41, dated 1859, is a form printed by Whitaker & Bush, Bloomington, Indiana; Document 43, dated 1865, is a form printed at the Republican Office, Bloomington, Indiana.

An inventory of the collection is located in the vertical file, Howe mss.

The collection is filed in an oversize folder.

Collection size: 51 items

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