Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Louden mss., 1858-1935, are papers of John Henry Louden, 1835?-1911, and his son, Theodore James Louden, 1867- 1957, both of whom were lawyers in Bloomington, Indiana.

The papers of John Henry Louden in the collection consist of diaries, 1858, 1880, 1882, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1888, 1891, 1892, and 1896; accounts in the diaries of 1880, 1882, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1888, and 1891, and separately for 1890, 1891-1893, 1893, 1896-1898, 1899, and 1904; Monroe County, Indiana, Circuit Court Bar Dockets for the January term, 1878; January term, 1879; and the April term, 1882- February term, 1886; a legal notebook, 1871-1898; a memorandum book 1900; miscellaneous bills, receipts, etc., 1876-1906; and an account book as agent for the Aetna Insurance Company, the Franklin Fire Insurance Company, and the Springfield Fire and Marine Insurance Company, 1907-1910. During the period of the 1858 diary Louden was a freshman and sophomore at Indiana University. This diary has been edited by Lawrence Wheeler and published in the Indiana Magazine of History, XLVII:267-98, Sept. 1951, under the title "A College Freshman in 1858."

Papers of Theodore James Louden are memorandum books, 1915, 1917, 1922, 1924, 1931, 1935, and 1937; a legal notebook, 1937-1939; and miscellaneous bills, receipts, etc., 1883-1921. Included also are a correspondence book of the 1st Indiana Infantry Regiment, Bloomington, Indiana, listing letters sent and received, Apr. 2, 1914-June 5, 1915, and an undated volume of notes on law cases by Pauline M. Siebenthal.

The first folder in the mss. collection contains a genealogy of the Louden family.

Collection size: 287 items

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