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Joseph Beeler
L14
1778 - 1918
1 mss box, 6 folders, 5 volumes

Manuscripts & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

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                         Processed by: Brent Abercrombie, October 2009                         

Biographical Note:

Joseph Beeler (1797 – 1851) was a farmer and stockbreeder in Decatur Township (Marion County) from 1822 – 1851. Joseph’s son, Fielding Beeler (1823 – 1895), was a farmer, businessman, and officer of the Marion County Agricultural Society. He was also a member of the Republican Party, who served in the Indiana House of Representatives in 1868.

Scope and Content Note:

The collection consists of family letters of the Beelers (1823 – 1850). The letters relate to family activities, description of Illinois legislature, and general correspondence. The collection also contains two letters from a World War I soldier. Also included in the collection are several volumes: diaries of George M. Beeler (Joseph’s son), Joseph Beeler’s account book (1836 – 1849), Fielding Beeler’s account books (1847 – 1879), records of the Northport and Mars Hill Gravel Road Company (1863 – 1890), records from the Spring Valley Road Company (1863 – 1890), copies of Fielding Beeler’s diaries (1845 – 1847), school copy books (1860 – 1869), farm leases, and indentures for Joseph Beeler (1834 – 1851).

Photocopying Policy:

Manuscript materials CANNOT be photocopied or digitized in their entirety. Photocopies and/or digital images cannot exceed 25% of a collection or a folder within a collection. In some cases, photocopying may not be permitted due to the condition of the item. Check with a Manuscript Librarian for other options.

Box and Folder Listing:

Box 1. 

Folder 
1. 1778 – 1844
2. 1845 – 1866
3. 1867 – no date
4. Fielding Beeler Account Book (1847 – 1853), Fielding Beeler Reminiscence 1864
5. Account Book of Fielding Beeler, 1848 -1856
6. George Beeler Diaries, 1855 – 1856
 Volume – Fielding Beeler Account Book 1857 – 1879
 Volume – Fielding Beeler Diary 1845 – 1847
 Volume – Joseph Beeler Account Book 1836 – 1849
 Volume – Spring Valley Road Company
 Volume – Northport and Mars Hill Gravel Road Company

Collection Information:

Size of Collection: 1 mss box, 6 folders, 5 volumes
Collection Dates: 1821 – 1918
Provenance: Fielding Beeler, 1936, 1939, 1942, 1946, and 1950
Access : The collection is open for research use
Restrictions: None
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript Section, Indiana State Library.
Language: Materials are entirely in English
Alternate Formats: None
Related Holdings: n/a
Notes: Constitution of the Newton and Spring Valley Horse Thief Detecting Company Missing – 12/20/1994 (PW)