Columbus, Bartholomew County, Indiana Papers
1826 - 1971
1 folder

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Processed by: Julie A.  Reid, April 2005

Historical Note:

Bartholomew County, named in honor of General Joseph Bartholomew, was created by an act of the General Assembly on January 9, 1821.  At this time County Commissioners selected an area within the county known as “Tiptonia” as the county seat.  This name was later changed to Columbus.  The town was incorporated on April 15, 1837.  A city government was organized in June, 1864, and the first city election took place on October 24 of that same year. 

 Sources: Bartholomew County Historical Society.  History of Bartholomew County Indiana –1888.  Columbus, IN:  Avery Press, Inc., 1976. 

 Scope and Content Note:

This collection consists of a photocopy of a document entitled ”Historical Sketch of 301 Washington Street Site”.  The document includes a narrative text detailing the history of the property, deed information, information pertaining to plat # 39 and plat # 47, tax assessment records, information pertaining to Smith and Irwin’s dry goods business, notes, and a bibliography. 

Folder Listing:


Historical Sketch of 301 Washington Street Site

1848 - 1966

Narrative text

1826 - 1881

Deed to Plat # 37, Columbus, IN

1857 - 1863

Francis P.  Smith – Tax Assessment Records

1857 - 1862

Smith & Irwin – In Dry Goods Business Together

1852 - 1865

Plat # 39 and Plat # 47

1848 - 1856

Tax Duplicate Assessor’s Records

1841 - 1971


1848 - 1956


Collection Information:

Size of Collection:

1 folder

Collection Dates:



Barbara Lawrence, May – June 1972



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

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