Coleman Family Photographs
P19
1803-1935, undated
2 mss boxes

Return to the Alphabetical List of All Online Finding Aids

Processed by: Julie A. Reid, February 2006


Historical Note:

This collection contains photos that pertain to the Coleman family.

Sallie E. Downing Coleman (1860-1947) was the daughter of Colonel Michael A. Downing. Downing made money in Denver with Cable Cars and moved to Indianapolis where he served as Police Commissioner. Sallie and her first husband John H. Vajen, Jr. had a daughter named Suemma. Suemma married William Avery Atkins and had a son called William Coleman Atkins. When Vajen died Sallie married William Henry Coleman (1848?-1946).

Coleman was born in Pennsylvania and grew up in New York. Coleman’s parents were Richard and Mary (Clark) Coleman. Coleman came to Indianapolis in 1880. Coleman was employed by a lumber merchant in New York and owned his own lumber factories in Indianapolis, Terre Haute, and Tennessee. Coleman was also involved in making oil barrels for the Standard Oil Company.

Beginning in the 1890’s the Colemans lived at 1006 North Meridian Street in Indianapolis. The Colemans were generous supporters of numerous causes and facilities, especially hospitals and the libraries of Butler and Yale Universities. The Colemans were reported to have donated over one million dollars to various causes. Sallie served as a volunteer for the American Red Cross and the Indianapolis Flower Mission. Sallie also served as treasurer of the Board of Lady Managers of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (also known as the St. Louis World’s Fair) in 1904. Sallie died August 30, 1947.

Note: Variations of Sallie’s name include Sally D., Sallie D., Sally E., and Sallie E.

Source:
Indiana Historical Society. Sallie E. Coleman Scrapbook, 1922-1950. 23 February, 2006. http://www.indianahistory.org/library/manuscripts/collection_guides/sc2617.html#BIO

Scope and Content Note:

This collection contains ten folders of black and white photos pertaining to the Coleman family. Folder ten contains tintypes. Folder six contains two menus for an event. The majority of the photos are not labeled. Some photos are labeled with first names only. Some photos do include a handwritten note on the front or back of the photo. Many of the photos are formal portraits. There are also many photos taken in a more informal setting, including indoor and outdoor settings. There are some photos that appear to be vacation photos. The subject of the photos is almost exclusively people and not scenery.


Item Listing:

Box 1, Folder 1

undated  Two women standing outside #1
undated  Woman standing outside #2
undated  Two women at an outside market #3
undated  People standing on a ship #4
undated  Woman standing outside on a veranda #5
undated  Portrait of a man #6
undated  Portrait of a woman, signed: Devotedly, Leonosa #7
undated  Portrait of a man in a military uniform #8
undated  Portrait of a woman #9
undated  Portrait of a woman #10
undated  Portrait of Earl Hallett Pope #11
undated  Post card of a woman standing in a rural setting acting as if she is eating a piece of fruit #12
undated  Portrait of a woman #13
undated  James H. Maddox on horseback, aged 10 years, inscribed: For cousin Ella #14
undated  Unknown family standing in the woods #15
undated  Group of men posing with a train engine called Vandalia Line, Honest Money #16
undated  Men standing outside of the Anderson Hardware Company #17
undated  Portrait of a man #18
undated  Portrait of a child #19
undated  Portrait of a man #20
 

Box 1, Folder 2.

undated  Portrait of a woman sitting in an ornate chair #1
undated  Photo of a group of people #2
undated  Portrait of a man #3
undated  Portrait of a man #4
undated  Portrait of a woman #5
undated  Photo of a group of people seated at a meal in an outside shelter #6
undated  Photo of a large group of children seated at a meal #7
undated  Hotel Del Monte in Monterey, California #8
undated  Photo of a group of people standing in front of a building #9
undated  Burn’s Cottage in Ayr (?), Scotland #10
1803, April 6  Duke of Westminster on Rainbow II, winner of 2nd race, Cheshire Imperial Yeoman’s (?)
                        Point to Point Race #11
undated  Coleman Atkins working in his garden, handwritten note on back reads:  Dear Mr./Mrs. Coleman:
                This is proof of (?) Coleman picture I’m using in my second annual report.  As soon as they
                are printed will send a few copies. Harry (?) #12
undated  Portrait of a woman #13
undated  Interior photo of unknown decorative sculpture/structure #14
undated  Portrait of woman #15
undated  Portrait of man #16
 

Box 1, Folder 3.

undated Photo of a group of people standing on a veranda #1
undated Portrait of a man #2
undated Portrait of a young man #3
undated Portrait of a woman #4
undated Portrait of a man #5
1887, Aug. 22  Portrait of a man, San Francisco #6
undated Portrait of a baby #7
undated Portrait of a woman #8
undated Portrait of a man #9
undated Portrait of a baby #10
1918, Dec. 22  Portrait of a boy #11
undated Portrait of a woman #12
undated Portrait of a man #13
undated Portrait of a man #14
undated Portrait of a woman #15
undated Portrait of a woman with a dog #16
undated Photo of a group of people #17
undated Portrait of a couple #18
undated Photo of a woman and two children sitting on a veranda #19
undated Portrait of a woman #20
undated Portrait of a group of people #21
 

Box 1, Folder 4.

undated Portrait of a man #1
undated Portrait of a man #2
undated Portrait of a woman #3
undated Portrait of a young boy #4
undated Portrait of a young man #5
undated Portrait of a young man #6
undated Portrait of a young woman #7
undated Portrait of a man #8
undated Portrait of a man #9
undated Portrait of a woman #10
undated Portrait of a man #11
undated Portrait of a woman #12
undated Portrait of a woman #13
undated Portrait of a man #14
undated Portrait of a young girl #15
undated Portrait of a woman #16
undated Photo of an older couple on a beach #17
undated Portrait of a woman #18
undated Portrait of a woman #19
undated Portrait of a woman #20
1894, April  Portrait of a man #21
1876, April 1  Portrait of a man, Note written on back:  Willis #22
undated Photo of a large group of people (part of the photo is torn off) #23
 

Box 1, Folder 5.

1889 (?) Portrait of a baby #1
undated Portrait of a group of people sitting in front of a house #2
undated Portrait of a man #3
undated Portrait of three women #4
undated Photo of man standing on a rock above a lake #5
undated Portrait of a man #6
undated Woman and child on rocks in front of water, back of photo appears to give the name of the
                beach and people but is not legible (Chessie (?) and Coleman (?)) #7
undated Portrait of a man #8
undated Portrait of a man #9
undated Portrait of a woman #10
undated Photo of people standing in front of a house #11
undated Portrait of a woman, back of photo reads:  Jean Hendry Fewsmith Newark, N.J. #12
undated Group of people sitting in a yard in front of a house #13
undated Portrait of a woman #14
undated Portrait of a man #15
undated Portrait of a man #16
undated Portrait of a baby #17
undated Portrait of a boy #18
1899, Aug.  Photo of a man sitting on a bench in the woods with a dog, back of photo reads:
                                 Uncle Ben Rogers #19

Box 2, Folder 1.

undated Photo of a girl #1
undated Photo of a group of people sitting in the woods #2
undated Photo of a woman holding a baby on what may be a ship’s deck #3
undated Portrait of a baby #4
undated Portrait of a man, business card attached to the back says: Y.F. Shimidzu Kaiyusha
                Association, Licensed Guide of Yokohama and Kobe, Japan, c/o Grand Hotel, Yokohama #5
undated Portrait of a baby #6
undated Portrait of a woman #7
undated Portrait of a man #8
undated Portrait of a man #9
undated Portrait of a girl #10
undated Portrait of a woman #11
undated Portrait of a woman #12
1890  Portrait of a boy, back of photo says:  For Sue Em (?) #13
1927, Nov. 27  Young man in front of statue, back of photo says:  To Aunt Dudie (?) and Uncle
                                 Charlie as a souvenir of my trip abroad last summer #14
undated Portrait of a young man #15
undated (?) Photo on the front is of a man and woman, inside:  Nobscussett Dinner 1892, March 30,
                                The Clan Coffin Collation, Menu listing, In honor of the betrothal of Miss Thompson and
                                Dr. Oliver, Hoosiers at The Nob, includes a list of people #16
undated (?) Photo on the front is of a man and woman, inside:  Nobscussett Dinner 1892, March 30,
                                The Clan Coffin Collation, Menu listing, In honor of the betrothal of Miss Thompson and
                                Dr. Oliver, Hoosiers at The Nob, includes a list of people #17
undated Group of people outside in front of palms and buildings #18
undated Group of people sitting outside in front of a building #19
1902, June  Portrait of a woman, back of photo says:  with much love from Margery #20
undated Portrait of a group of people #21

Box 2, Folder 2.

undated  Portrait of a woman #1
undated  Photo people on a ship’s deck #2
undated  Portrait of a man #3
undated  Family photo, back of photo says:  Merry Christmas from the Hargetts (?) #4
undated  Portrait of a woman #5
1899, Apr. 27    Photo of a man, back of photo says:  Old Jeff oldest Negro at Chat House (?) #6
1897   Portrait of a young boy, back of photo says:  Kent Shaffer, Xmas 1897 #7
undated  Post card of people on the deck of a houseboat, back of card says:  To Dady and mother,
                 signed (?) Coleman #8
1893, Dec. 13    Portrait of a man, back of photo says:  Horace Wood #9
1899, Apr. 24    Men standing over a pit where meat is being cooked, note on back of photo says
                                   something about barbecue meat being cooked (writing is illegible, but may
                                   contain something about the location) #10
undated  Group of people posing outside on a hill #11
1899, Apr. 25   Deck of a naval ship with an artillery gun and some men in uniform, back of photo
                                  contains an illegible note #12
undated  Photo of a large number of cars and people looking at an off camera event (appears to be
                 early 1900’s) #13
undated  Group of men in suits in front of a building that appears to be a business, one sign can be seen
                 that says:  J.S. Dormer, Residence 1634 (?) Welton, another sign underneath this is obscured  #14
undated  Portrait of a man #15
undated  Photo containing the outside view of a house #16
1906    Photo of a group of people standing outside in front of a house, back of photo says: 
                   Christmas gathering (part of photo and note is torn away) #17
undated  Photo of Madeleine Ledain (?), aged 8 years #18
undated  Photo of a group of men standing in swim clothes on a beach #19
undated  Portrait of a woman #20
undated  Portrait of a woman #21
undated  Portrait of a woman, back of photo says:  lovingly, Bessie Morris #22
undated  Portrait of a woman #23

Box 2, Folder 3.


undated	Photo of a group of people	#1
undated	Photo of a man on what appears to be some kind of a boat	#2
undated	Photo of a man and woman	#3
undated	Photo of a young boy standing outside, back of photo says:  Coleman at Geneva 	#4
undated	Photo of a man in front of a building	#5
undated	Photo of a woman with a young child, back of photo contains a note that is only partially
                legible	#6
undated	Portrait of a woman	#7
undated	Photo of a group of people standing outside	#8
undated	Photo of a group of people 	#9
undated	Photo of a boy standing outside (duplicate of photo #4)	#10
undated	Photo of a child outside	#11
undated	Portrait of a woman	#12
undated	Outside view of a house with people in front of it	#13
undated	Photo of a woman with a young boy	#14
undated	Outside view of a building and palm trees, back of photo says:  this is the court at which our rooms 
                overlook at (?)	#15
undated	Photo of a young boy, back of photo says:  Lloyd Enos Smith, 11 ½ month	#16
1906, Dec. 28	 Christmas postcard addressed to:  Mrs. W.H. Coleman, 1006 North Meridian, 
                                 Indpls., IND, contains a note to Mrs. Coleman from Mrs. Harber and daughters	#17
1935, Sept. 13	 Photo of two women walking on the street, note on the back pertains to the Circle 
                                 Theatre	#18
undated	Photo of a shop	#19
1875 (?)	 Portrait of a man	#20
undated	Portrait of a woman	#21
undated	Photo of a group of people on the deck of a ship	#22
undated	Photo of a child outside under a tree, note on the back of the photo says:  
                Waikiki Beach? Hotel	#23
undated 	Kids outside in front of palm tree, note on the back of the photo says:  Cynthia Elmslie, 
                Colorado Springs, Colorado, Coleman Atkins, Indianapolis, Indiana	#24
undated	Child outside by a house, note on the back of the photo says:  Sept. 1915, Lloyd	#25

Box 2, Folder 4.

undated  Photo of a baby outside in a baby chair #1
undated  Photo of two men and two women on the steps of a building, back of photo says:  taken at
                 Atlantic City by (?) before she was married, contains an illegible signature #2
undated  Photo of a child and woman outside, back of photo says:  His favorite toy dog on wheels,
                 Easter greetings to his Uncle Charlie (?) #3
undated  Photo of a woman standing outside #4
undated  Photo of a woman outside in front of an Asian screen pouring tea, back of the photo is not legible
                 but appear to say something about the Japanese woman depicted on the front of the photo #5
undated  Photo of four men on what may be the deck of a boat #6
undated  Photo of a man and woman on the deck of a boat #7
undated  Photo of a man standing outside, back of the photo says that there is a 2 ½  x 4 x 4 ½ negative 920E  #8
undated  Portrait of a woman #9
1918, Feb. 11   Photo of a woman holding a baby, note on front says:  3 ¼ months, also contains
                                  something illegible in parentheses #10
undated  Photo of two people in a horse drawn buggy #11
undated  Photo of two men with a young horse #12
undated  Photo of a line of horse drawn buggies in a rocky rural area #13
1905, Feb. 28   Photo of a group of people sitting in a rocky rural area, back of photo says:  Resting
                                  from the climb at Bridge of the ? Gods #14
undated  Portrait of two women #15
undated  Photo of a man and two women #16
undated  Photo of a group of people next to a building #17
undated  Photo of a man and woman standing on a sidewalk #18
undated  Photo of a woman standing outside #19
undated  Photo of people standing next to a building #20

Box 2, Folder 5Tintypes

undated  Photo of a woman #1
undated  Photo of a group of people #2
undated  Photo of a man and woman outside #3


Collection Information:

Size of Collection:

2 manuscript boxes

Collection Dates:

1803-1935, undated

Provenance:

Unknown

Access: This collection is open for research.

Restrictions:

None

Reproduction Rights:

Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript Section, Indiana State Library.  Possession of a reproduction from an Indiana State Library collection does not constitute permission for use.

Language Materials are entirely in English

Alternate Formats:

None

Related Holdings:

 S1885, Sallie Coleman

Notes:

 


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.