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Pierce Krull Family Papers
L353, OBC75
1834-1963
26 mss boxes, 1 os folder

Manuscript & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

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Processed by: Laura Williams, January 2012

 

Biographical Note:

The Pierce-Krull family included Theresa Vinton Pierce Krull (1877-1963), a graduate of Vassar College (1900), and an Indianapolis clubwoman, a feature writer for the Indianapolis Star, and a lecturer and writer on educational, historical, and political topics. Her husband, Frederic Krull (1876-1961), was an Indianapolis singer, voice instructor, and composer, whose works included music for James Whitcomb Riley’s poems. Theresa’s father, Harry Douglas Pierce (1848-1929), was an Indianapolis lawyer and businessman who was a director of various railroad companies in Indiana and New York, as well as a director of the Nicaragua Maritime Canal Company, and a journalist writing on European and South American affairs. Her grandfather, Winslow S. Pierce (1819-1888), was a physician in Illinois, California, and Indianapolis (1840s-1888), Comptroller of the State of California (1851), businessman involved in real estate, railroad development, and Democratic Party politics in Indiana (1854-1888).

Source:

Information found within the collection.

Scope and Content Note:

The collection includes family correspondence (1834-1963), writings, financial records, journals, and scrapbooks. Family correspondence includes correspondence of the John Moore family of Ellisville, Geneseo, and Rock Island, Illinois (1834-1870), including letters from family members in St. Louis, Mo., California, and Madison, Jefferson Co. and Shelbyville, Shelby Co. Indiana. Also included are letters, and transcripts of letters, of W.S. Pierce in Yuba City, California, to his wife and son in Indiana and Illinois (1850-1854). Additionally, the collection contains correspondence between W.S. Pierce in Indianapolis and his son, Henry D. Pierce, at Princeton University (1865-1866), as well as W.S. Pierce’s business correspondence regarding his real estate and railroad interests in Indiana, and state and national Democratic Party politics, particularly in regard to his brother-in-law, Thomas A. Hendricks (1860s-1870s). The collection also includes correspondence of H.D. Pierce with his fiancée and wife, Elizabeth Vinton (1874-1880s), including letters written during his trips to Europe and California in the 1880s, and correspondence of Elizabeth Vinton while she was a student at Vassar College (1871-1874). Additionally, there are family correspondence of Theresa Pierce (1890s), including her letters from Vassar College (1899-1900); her correspondence with her fiancé, Frederic Krull, while he was in Columbia, Missouri (1904-1906); letters of Douglas Pierce while a student at Harvard Law School (1906-1908). Theresa Krull’s correspondence regarding the Vassar College Alumnae Association, and the Association’s work for women’s suffrage, and in training nurses for service during World War I; her correspondence regarding her involvement with Indianapolis organizations, including the Indianapolis Propylaeum, the Indiana Federation of Clubs, and the Indianapolis Women’s Club; her correspondence regarding her historical, genealogical, and patriotic interests; and correspondence regarding Frederic Krull’s work.

The family’s writings include Frederic Krull’s musical compositions; Theresa Krull’s articles and lectures on women’s clubs and Midwestern history; Henry D. Pierce’s articles and speeches (1895-1926), principally on Europe, South America, and Nicaragua; typed manuscript of Booth Tarkington’s story “The Last Sunday;” Charles Holman-Black’s memoirs of growing up in Indianapolis in the late nineteenth century; and an unpublished novel by Frederic Krull.

The collection also includes Theresa Krull’s journals (1892-1947); account books of the Vinton family of Indianapolis (1852-1875); receipts, land documents, and other family business documents of the Moore, Pierce, Vinton, and Krull families (1840-1949); family school essays and report cards (1840-1899); scrapbooks for Theresa and Frederic Krull (1922-1947); newspaper clippings relating to family members and their interests (1867-1963); programs, pamphlets, and other materials relating to Indianapolis organizations (1888-1956); pamphlets and other printed materials regarding the proposed canal across Nicaragua (1893-1928); and genealogical materials. Recordings of Frederic Krull singing “Little Orphant Annie” and “Kissing the Rod.”

Correspondents include George S. Boutwell, Thomas A. Hendricks, Eli Lilly, Horatio Seymour, E.B. Washbourne.

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.  Correspondence 1834-1875 and undated

Folder 
1. Correspondence 1834-1846
2. Correspondence 1847-1850
3. Correspondence 1851-1853
4. Correspondence 1854-1859
5. Correspondence 1860-1866
6. Correspondence 1867-1869
7. Correspondence 1870-1873
8. Correspondence 1874
9. Love Letters, Henry D. Pierce and Elizabeth Vinton, 1875 and n.d.
10. Love Letters, Henry D. Pierce and Elizabeth Vinton n.d.

Box 2.  Correspondence 1875-1889

Folder 
1. Correspondence January-May 1875
2. Correspondence June 1875-1877
3. Correspondence 1878-1882
4. Correspondence 1883-1889

Box 3.  Correspondence 1890-1899

Folder 
1. Correspondence 1890-1891
2. Riley Letters 1891 and 1943
3. Correspondence 1892 -1893
4. Correspondence 1894-1898
5. Correspondence January-March 1899
6. Correspondence April-December  1899

Box 4.  Correspondence 1900-1907

Folder 
1. Correspondence 1900-1905
2. Correspondence January-March 1906
3. Correspondence April 1906
4. Correspondence May-June 1906
5. Correspondence July-August 1906
6. Correspondence September-December 1906
7. Correspondence 1907

Box 5.  Correspondence 1908-1926

Folder 
1. Correspondence 1908-1917
2. Copyright Correspondence
3. Correspondence 1918-1919
4. Correspondence 1920-1923
5. Correspondence 1924-1926
 

Box 6.  Correspondence 1927-1930; Charles Holman Black Correspondence; Toile Correspondence

Folder 
1. Correspondence 1927
2. Correspondence 1928
3. Correspondence 1929
4. Charles Holman Black Correspondence 1929-1938
5. Charles Holman Black Correspondence 1939-1947
6. Correspondence 1930
7. Toile Correspondence 1930-1939 and n.d.

Box 7.  Correspondence 1931-1943

Folder 
1. Correspondence 1931-1932
2. Correspondence 1933-1934
3. Correspondence 1935
4. Correspondence 1936-1937
5. Correspondence 1938-1939
6. Correspondence 1940-1943

Box 8.  Correspondence 1944-1960 and undated

Folder 
1. Correspondence 1944-1945
2. Correspondence 1946-1948
3. Correspondence 1949-1952
4. Correspondence 1953-1960
5. Correspondence Partial Date
6. Correspondence, n.d. (probably 1800s)

Box 9.  Undated correspondence; Postcards; Social Material

Folder 
1. Correspondence, n.d. (probably 1900s)
2. Postcards
3. Social Material 1851-1875
4. Social Material 1864-1953
5. Social Material 1875-1939
 

Box 10.  Envelopes; Social Material; Charles Holman Black Memoirs

Folder 
1. Social Material, n.d.
2. Envelopes 1853-1951 and n.d.
3. Charles Holman Black Memoirs, Part 1 of 10
4. Charles Holman Black Memoirs, Part 2 of 10
5. Charles Holman Black Memoirs, Part 3 of 10
 

Box 11.  Charles Holman Black Memoirs

Folder 
1. Charles Holman Black Memoirs, Part 4 of 10
2. Charles Holman Black Memoirs, Part 5 of 10
3. Charles Holman Black Memoirs, Part 6 of 10
4. Charles Holman Black Memoirs, Part 7 of 10
5. Charles Holman Black Memoirs, Part 8 of 10
 

Box 12.  Charles Holman Black Memoirs; Short Stories, Articles, and Speeches by Frederic Krull

Folder 
1. Charles Holman Black Memoirs, Part 9 of 10
2. Charles Holman Black Memoirs, Part 10 of 10
3. The Laughing World by Frederic Krull, Part 1 of 3
4. The Laughing World by Frederic Krull, Part 2 of 3
5. The Laughing World by Frederic Krull, Part 3 of 3
6. Short stories, articles, and speeches by and about Frederic Krull, 1907-1927 and n.d.
7. Short stories, articles, and speeches by and about Frederic Krull, n.d.

Box 13.  Articles and Speeches; Manuscript of The Last Sunday

Folder 
1. Illustrations for Ladies Will Be Ladies
2. Articles, speeches, etc. by Theresa Krull, 1894-1937
3. Articles, speeches, etc. by Theresa Krull, 1938-1956 and n.d.
4. Book reviews by Theresa Krull
5. Articles and speeches on South America by Henry D. Pierce, 1926-1927 and n.d.
6. Miscellaneous articles and speeches by Henry D. Pierce, 1895-1926 and n.d.
7. Typed manuscript of The Last Sunday by Booth Tarkington
8. Miscellaneous speeches, articles, etc. by various, 1868-1940 and n.d.

Box 14.  Business and Genealogical Material

Folder 
1. Business Material, 1840-1890s
2. Business Material, 1905-1949 and n.d.
3. Christ Church Cathedral Material, 1926-1958 and n.d.
4. Copyright Registration Material, 1905-1946 and n.d.
5. Miscellaneous Documents, 1840-1928
6. Genealogical Material, Part 1 of 2
7. Genealogical Material, Part 2 of 2

Box 15.  Music Orders and Newspaper Clippings

Folder 
1. Music Orders and Correspondence  re: music of Frederic Krull, 1923-1935
2. Music Orders and Correspondence  re: music of Frederic Krull, 1936-1956 and n.d.
3. Newspaper Clippings, Theresa Pierce Krull, 1896-1958 and n.d.
4. Newspaper Clippings, Frederic Krull, 1905-1948 and n.d.
5. Newspaper Clippings, Elizabeth Vinton Pierce, Jr., 1896-1917 and n.d.
6. Newspaper Clippings, Henry Douglas Pierce and Elizabeth Vinton Pierce, 1872-1921
7. Newspaper Clippings, Henry Douglas Pierce and Elizabeth Vinton Pierce, 1922-1941 and n.d.
8. Newspaper Clippings, Winslow Pierce, 1867-1888 and n.d.
9. Newspaper Clippings, Pierce-Krull relatives, 1888-1957 and n.d.
10. Newspaper Clippings, Miscellaneous

Box 16.  Newspaper Clippings; Photographs; Organizational Materials

Folder 
1. Newspaper Clippings, Obituaries, 1927-1951 and n.d.
2. Newspaper Clippings, Organizations, 1938-1956
3. Photographs
4. Organization Material, A-Colonial Dames
5. Organization Material, Contemporary Club-D
6. Organization Material, G-Indianapolis Propylaeum
7. Organization Material-Indiana PTA-W
8. Nicaragua Canal Material, 1893-1928

Box 17.  Pamphlets; Guest Lists; Political Materials; Programs

Folder 
1. Lists of Pamphlets
2. Pamphlets on Indiana, 1884-1948 and n.d.
3. Guest List and Menus, 1875-1919
4. Guest List and Menus, 1921-1929 and n.d.
5. Photograph
6. Political Material, 1858-1960
7. Programs, Indiana, 1883-1956
8. Programs, outside Indiana, 1889-1948

Box 18.  Publicity Material; School Papers; Indianapolis Women’s Club Material

Folder 
1. Publicity Material for Frederic and Theresa Krull, 1906-1958 and n.d.
2. School Papers of Henry D. Pierce, 1861-1870s and n.d.
3. School Papers of Pierce family, 1840-1898
4. School Papers of Pierce family, 1899 and n.d.
5. Miscellaneous Material, Indiana, 1835-1940 and n.d.
6. Miscellaneous Material, outside Indiana, 1893-1957 and n.d.
7.  Material on the Indianapolis Woman’s Club, 1889-1944 and n.d.

Box 19.  Frederic Krull: Instrumental Music

Folder 
1. Centennial Suite, 1st half, Part 1 of 2
2. Centennial Suite, 1st half, Part 2 of 2
3. Centennial Suite, 2nd half, Part 1 of 2
4. Centennial Suite, 2nd half, Part 2 of 2
5. Humpty Dumpty and Misc.
 

Box 20.  Frederic Krull: Instrumental Music

Folder 
1. Sinfonietta in C Major, Part 1 of 2
2. Sinfonietta in C Major, Part 2 of 2
3. Sinfonietta No.3 Excelsior
4. Sinfonietta No.4 Excelsior
 
 
Box 21. 

Folder Frederic Krull: Instrumental and Vocal Music
1. Miscellaneous instrumental music, Part 1 of 2
2. Miscellaneous instrumental music, Part 2 of 2
3. Songs about Shortridge High School
4. Vocal Music
5. Untitled and Incomplete Compositions
6. German language music

Box 22.  Frederic Krull: Riley Poems Set to Music; Religious Music; Incomplete Music; Published Music; Poems

Folder 
1. Riley poems set to music, Part 1 of 2
2. Riley poems set to music, Part 2 of 2
3. Religious music
4. Titled incomplete music
5. Untitled incomplete music
6. Published music, Part 1 of 2
7. Published music, Part 2 of 2
8. Poems

Box 23.  Diaries and Account Books, 1842-1950 and n.d.

Folder 
1. Diaries and Account Books, pt. 1 of 5, 1852, 1854-1855, 1863
2. Diaries and Account Books, pt. 2 of 5, 1860-1887, 1868, and n.d.
3. Diaries and Account Books, pt. 3 of 5, 1876, 1888-1894, 1945-1946, 1949-1950
4. Diaries and Account Books, pt. 4 of 5, 1842-1858, 1855, 1904, 1906
5. Diaries and Account Books, pt. 5 of 5, 1859-1860, 1870, 1875
 

Box 24.  Journals of Theresa Vinton Pierce, 1891-July 1, 1899

Folder 
1. Journals of Theresa Vinton Pierce, 1891-August 1,1893
2. Journals of Theresa Vinton Pierce, May 22, 1894-March 16, 1895
3. Journals of Theresa Vinton Pierce, March 17, 1895-March 25, 1895, October 4, 1895-December 15, 1895
4. Journals of Theresa Vinton Pierce, December 16, 1895-November 3, 1897
5. Journals of Theresa Vinton Pierce, November 11, 1897-July 1, 1899
 

Box 25.  Journals of Theresa Vinton Pierce Krull, July 2, 1899-1947

Folder 
1. Journals of Theresa Vinton Pierce, July 2, 1899-December 31, 1901
2. Journals of Theresa Vinton Pierce, 1902-1904
3. Journals of Theresa Vinton Pierce Krull, 1905-1908
4. Journals of Theresa Vinton Pierce Krull, 1909, 1946-1947
 
 
Box 26.  Scrapbooks and Riley Newspaper Clippings

Folder 
1. Scrapbook of Theresa Vinton Pierce Krull, 1929-1931
2. Scrapbook of Theresa Vinton Pierce Krull, 1931-1932
3. Scrapbook of Frederic Krull, 1898-1930
4. Scrapbook of Frederic Krull, 1928-1932
5. News Clippings on James Whitcomb Riley, October 7, 1929
 
OBC75.  Thomas Hendricks Letter, 1885

Collection Information

Size of Collection: 26 mss boxes, 163 folders, 1 o.s. folder
Collection Dates: 1834-1963
Provenance: Frederic Krull Estate, May 7, 1966 and November 22, 1966
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 in English and German
Alternate Formats: None
Related Holdings: S3206 Mary Jane Krull
Notes: Item-level inventory available upon request.