IN.gov - Skip Navigation

Note: This message is displayed if (1) your browser is not standards-compliant or (2) you have you disabled CSS. Read our Policies for more information.

Indiana State Library

Library > Collections > Rare Books & Manuscripts > Finding Aid Index > Hawley, Ransom E. Hawley, Ransom E.

Hawley Family Papers
L64
1824 – 1899
8 mss boxes

Manuscript & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

Processed by: Brent Abercrombie, June 2011
                          

Biographical Note:

Ransom S. Hawley was born April 24, 1802. From a family of ministers, Hawley graduated from Auburn Theological Seminary, Auburn, New York in 1828. Hawley resided in Terre Haute, Vigo County, but served as a Presbyterian missionary and minister in Indiana, serving at Washington, Daviess County (1828-1834), Bloomington, Monroe County (1834-1841), and Putnamville, Putnam County (1841-1879). Hawley’s family included his son, Henry M. Hawley (1834-1914), an employee of the Evansville and Crawfordsville Railroad Company in Terre Haute. Ransom E. Hawley (b. 1844), a student at Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Montgomery County (1862-1865) and Lane Seminary, Cincinnati, Ohio (1867-1868), soldier in the 133rd Indiana Regiment (1863), and a Presbyterian minister in Cincinnati (1868-1873), Kentland, Newtown County, Indiana (1873-1874), Cleves, Ohio (1874-1880), Washington, Daviess County (1880-1888), Hastings and St. Paul, Minnesota (1888-ca. 1889), and Edinburg, Johnson County, Indiana (1898). Hawley’s daughter, Lucy Ing (1837-1881), was a teacher in Evansville, Vanderburgh County (1860s), married missionary John Ing (1870) missionary and teacher in China (1870-1874) and Hirosaki, Japan (1874-1878).

Scope and Content Note:

The collection consists primarily of Hawley family and professional correspondence. Included is correspondence with his family in Bridgeport, Connecticut while elder Ransom was a student at Auburn Seminary (1825-1828), as well as correspondence of Hawley and his wife in Indiana with their families in Bridgeport (1828-ca. 1880), and letters to his sons Henry and Ransom and daughter Lucy Ing. The collection also contains letters to Hawley from Presbyterian ministers and other church people in southern and central Indiana (1828-ca. 1880); letters and appointments from the Board of Missions of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, from the American Home Missionary Society, and the American Sunday School Union (1825-ca. 1860).

The collection also includes letters and correspondences from Ransom E. Hawley while at Wabash College (1862-1864), during the Civil War with the 133rd regiment in Alabama (1863), Lane Seminary (1867-1868), his churches (1868-1898), and letters from other Hawley family. Also included are Ransom Hawley’s journals of his work (1832-1836); list of his sermons (1837-1883); his travel journal for a trip from Bloomington to Bridgeport, Connecticut (1835); his memorandum book (1851). Ransom E. Hawley’s diaries (1867-1889); and a Hawley family scrapbook (1824-ca. 1885) containing articles on the American Home Missionary Society, John and Lucy Ing’s articles on missionary work in China and Japan, and documents and articles relating to Hawley’s church work.

Correspondents include Henry Ward Beecher, Benjamin Harrison, Edmund O. Hovey, Caleb Mills, Isaac Reed, and Andrew Wylie.

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.  1825 – 1839

Folder 
1. 1825 – 1828
2. 1829
3. 1830
4. 1831
5. 1832 – 1834
6. 1835
7. 1836
8. 1837
9. 1838 – 1839

Box 2.  1840 – 1849

Folder 
1. 1840 – 1841
2. 1842 – 1843
3. 1844
4. 1845
5. 1846 – 1847
6. 1848 – 1849

Box 3.  1850 – 1869

Folder 
1. 1850 – 1852
2. 1853
3. 1854 – 1855
4. 1856 – 1857
5. 1859
6. Letters Written from Wabash College 1862
7. Civil War Letters
8. 1860 – 1864
9. 1865 – 1866
10. 1867
11. 1868
12. 1869
13. Hawley’s Criticism of John’s Book, The Partisan Rangers

Box 4.  1870 – 1874

Folder 
1. 1870
2. 1871
3. 1872
4. 1873
5. January – June 1874
6. July – December 1874

Box 5.  1875 – 1880

Folder 
1. January – June 1875
2. July – December 1875
3. January – June 1876
4. July – December 1876
5. 1877
6. 1878
7. 1879
8. 1880

Box 6.  1881 – 1888

Folder 
1. 1881
2. 1882
3. January – May 1883
4. June – December 1883
5. 1884
6. 1885
7. 1886
8. 1887
9. 1888

Box 7.  1889 – 1890, No Date, & Misc. Materials

Folder 
1. 1889
2. 1890
3. No Date
4. Hawley Genealogy
5. Valentine and Greeting Cards
6. Church Related Materials
7. Miscellaneous Materials

Box 8.  Scrapbook & Pocket Diaries

Collection Information

Size of Collection: 8 mss boxes, 58 folders
Collection Dates: 1824 – 1899
Provenance: Fairbanks Memorial Library, Nov. 15, 1949
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 and Rare Books Division, Indiana State Library.
Language: Materials are entirely in English
Alternate Formats: None
Related Holdings: 
Notes: