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John Coburn
L34, V59
1850-1904
1 manuscript box, 11 volumes

Manuscript & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

Processed by: Jessica Combs, September 2010

Biographical Note:

John Coburn was an Indianapolis attorney; colonel, 33rd Indiana Regiment (1861-1864), general (1865); Whig, member Indiana House of representatives (1850-1851); Republican, member U.S. House of Representatives (1867-1875), serving as chairman of the Committee on Military Affairs and on the Committee on Banking and Currency; justice, Montana Territory Supreme Court (1884-1885).

Scope and Content Note:

The collection includes 9 of Coburn’s letter books (1879-1903), chiefly relating to his Indianapolis law practice, but also including letters on Republican Party politics, local civic activities, and Indiana history; correspondence regarding political appointments, and his work on banking and military affairs; other correspondence regarding politics; correspondence and financial papers relating to the settlement of the estate of Augustus Coburn, including papers relating to land in Ontonagon County, Michigan, and mining claims in the west (1850-1865). Coburn’s memorandum books contain addresses, legal case notes, receipts, and cures for diseases (1904-1905); a scrapbook of the 1867 political campaign; Coburn’s account book (1865); an article by Coburn on riots in Indianapolis and other Indiana towns during the Civil War; and notes and drafts of speeches. Correspondents include Roscoe Conkling, Frederick T. Frelinghuysen, James A. Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William Tecumseh Sherman, Daniel W. Voorhees, and Lew Wallace.

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.

1850-1853

2.

1854-1859

3.

1860-1865

4.

1866-1879

5.

1880-1895

6.

1897-1904, n.d.

V59

 

 

1.

Coburn Accounts 1865

2.

John Coburn Letter book, 1883-1884

3.

John Coburn Political Scrapbook & Record (list of voters), 1867

4.

John Coburn Letter book, 1879-1888

5.

Coburn Letter book, May 5, 1888-1890

6.

John Coburn Letter book, 1897-1898

7.

John Coburn, Sept 27, 1895-July 20, 1897

8.

John Coburn, September 1898- January 1900

9.

John Coburn, January 1900-April 1903

10.

John Coburn, December 1891-October 1893

11.

John Coburn, October 1893-September 1895

Collection Information

Size of Collection:

1 manuscript box, 11 volumes

Collection Dates:

1850-1904

Provenance:

Argosy, 13 March, 1943; Schuyler Hass, 27 December, 1931

Access :

The collection is open for research use

Restrictions:

Age and Condition

Reproduction Rights:

Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript and Rare Books Division, Indiana State Library.

Language:

Materials are entirely in English

Alternate Formats:

None

Related Holdings:

None

Notes: