Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Wiggs mss., 1874-1936, are the papers of George Washington Wiggs, 1853-1938, grain dealer on the Chicago Board of Trade, member of the Press Club of Chicago, and an Indiana University graduate of 1874. In the collection are Wiggs' oration, "No Rest" given at the 45th annual commencement, July 2, 1874, the printed program on that occasion, and his diploma signed by all of his instructors, including Sarah Parke Morrison, the first woman faculty member of the university. Photographs include those of George Washington Wiggs and of his wife Anna (Oldfield) Wiggs, author of the novel Apple-blossoms.

The correspondents are John McGovern, editor of The Current in which Wiggs had an interest, Henry Lew Pond, at one time an officer of Delta Tau Delta, Anna (Oldfield) Wiggs, and George Washington Wiggs, who wrote to his father in 1885 and 1889.

Many of the pieces are accompanied by explanatory notes by Neal O. Hines. There is an inventory in the Vertical File.

Collection size: 32 items

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