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Henry “Heinrich” Schliemann, Will
January 10,1889
1 manuscript box, 1 folder

Manuscript & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

Processed by: Jessica Combs June 2010

Biographical Note:

Henry “Heinrich” Schliemann was a successful businessman and archaeologist, who is best known for his work in excavating the ancient city of Troy.  He was born January 6, 1822 in Neubukow, Mecklenburg-Schwerin to Ernst and Luise Therese Sophie Schliemann.  At the age of 22, Schliemann began his work in the importing trade when he was hired by B.H. Schröder & Co.  This employment led him to Russia in 1846.  He lived from 1851 to 1852 in California during which time he became a United States citizen and established a bank in Sacramento.  He returned to Russia in 1852 where he married his first wife, Ekaterina Lyschin.  Schliemann and Ekaterina had three children.  During the Crimean War, Schliemann earned his fortune selling resources necessary to make ammunition to the Russians.  Schliemann retired in 1858 to pursue his interests in Troy and the ancient Greece.

In 1868, Schliemann traveled the Greek world and determined that Hissarlik was the site of Troy using the archaeological work of Frank Calvert.  This led to Schliemann’s working with Calvert at Hissarlik.  In 1869, he divorced Ekaterina and married his second wife, Sophia Engastromenos.  He and Sophia had two children.  Schliemann and Sophia worked at excavating ancient Troy in the early 1870s and they discovered a treasure which he called “Priam’s Treasure.”  Schliemann began work at Mcenae in 1876 and then returned to Troy in 1878-1879.  He returned to work at Troy from 1882-1883 and 1888-1890.  Schliemann died December 26, 1890 in Naples.  He was buried in Athens, Greece.   


Braymer, Marjorie. The Walls of Windy Troy: A Biography of Heinrich Schliemann. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1960. Print.

Scope and Content Note:

This collection contains the will of Henry Schliemann from the Probate Court records, Marion County, Indianapolis, Indiana.  The will contains what Schliemann is leaving to his children, wife, ex-wife, family members, friends, and various organizations.

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.  Henry “Heinrich” Schliemann’s will

1. Henry “Heinrich” Schliemann’s will written January 10, 1889.

Collection Information

Size of Collection: 1 manuscript box, 1 folder, 1 item per folder
Collection Dates: 1889
Provenance: Joan Gray, May 2010
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 Section, Indiana State Library.
Language: Materials are entirely in
Alternate Formats: None
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