Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Owen mss., 1821-1911, are, in the main, letters and papers of Richard Owen, 1810-1890, son of Robert Owen, professor at Indiana University, and first president of Purdue University, and his descendants. Included are also some letters of other members of the Owen family and prominent New Harmony, Indiana, citizens.

Among the correspondents are John William Boehne, Jeremiah Tilford Boyle, James LeRoy Davenport, Mrs. Jane Dale (Owen) Fauntleroy, Emery A. Foster, J. B. Hunter, Mrs. Anna Eliza (Neef) Owen, David Dale Owen, Eugene Fellenberg Owen, Horace Pestalozzi Owen, Mrs. Katharine (Fitton) Owen, Katharine Dale Owen, Malcolm Dale Owen, Richard Owen, Robert Owen, Robert Dale Owen, 1801-1877, Robert Dale Owen, 1879-1917, William H. Owen, W. A. Page and Mrs. Lucy Way (Sistare) Say.

The first folder in the collection contains biographical information on Robert Dale Owen, David Dale Owen and William Owen, sons of Robert Owen.

See also Arthur H. Estabrook, "The Family History of Robert Owen," Indiana Magazine of History, XIX, 63-101, March 1923.

Collection size: 163 items

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