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Francis Marion Van Pelt



5 manuscript boxes

Manuscript & Rare Books Division

Indiana State Library

Processed by: Jessica Combs, September 2010

Biographical Note:

Francis Marion Van Pelt was an officer in the 17th Indiana Regiment (1861-1865), serving in Wilder’s Brigade in Tennessee; employed by the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad in Galesburg, Illinois (1865-1870); married Amanda Slater, Galesburg (1868); worked in the post office, internal revenue service, and private business in Atlanta, Georgia (1870-1893); resident of Anderson, Madison County (1895-1929(; Anderson Justice of the Peace (1902-1908?, 1919-1929); active in Civil War veterans organizations; state commander, Grand Army of the Republic (1925).

Scope and Content Note:

The collection includes Van Pelt’s family correspondence (1863-1929), including letters from Van Pelt and his wife in Atlanta, Georgia (1870-1892), and letters from relatives in Galesburg and Wataga, Illinois (1878-1907), Creston, Iowa (1878-1909), Lincoln, Nebraska (1894), Taiban, New Mexico (1908-1909), and Pittsburg and Yeoman, Carroll County (1863-1865, 1883-1896), Anderson (1873-1909), and Monticello, White County (1879-1890); orders, quartermasters reports, and other official military papers of Van Pelt and the 17th Indiana (1862-1865); papers regarding veterans activities, including letters to Van Pelt from James T. Wilder (1903-1917), reunion record books and scrapbooks for the 17th Indiana and Wilder’s Brigade (1880-1925), and Van Pelt’s speech as GAR commander (1925); family scrapbooks (1910s); and record book of the Anderson Township Progressive Club, for which Van Pelt was secretary.  Also included are papers of Van Pelt’s son-in-law, Henry M. Phipps, and his family, including Phipps’ letters to his wife in Indianapolis from New York, England, and France while he was working with the YMCA during World War I (1918-1919); and diaries (1890-1921) of George A. Phipps, a farmer near Pendleton, Madison County.

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 1Phipps Letters and Almanacs 1881-1919




Letters to Mr. and Mrs. Phipps 1881-1919


George A. Phipps Almanacs 1881-1895


Letters of H.M. Phipps 1916-1919

Box 2Diaries of George A. Phipps 1890-1919

Box 3Per- Francis M. Van Pelt- Correspondence and Papers 1860-1881




Francis M. Van Pelt Family Correspondence 1860-1880


Francis Van Pelt Family Correspondence 1881-1909


Francis M. Van Pelt- Civil War Papers, Orders and Quartermaster Papers 1862-1863


Francis M. Van Pelt- Civil War Papers, Orders and Quartermasters papers 1864-1865


Francis M. Van Pelt- Postcards 1878-1904


Francis M. Van Pelt- Correspondence 1878-1919

Box 4Per- Francis M. Van Pelt- Papers and Correspondence 1900-1929                       




Francis M. Van Pelt- Correspondence, Papers and Receipts 1900-1929


Francis M. Van Pelt- Correspondence 1903-1917


Francis M. Van Pelt- Military and Army Papers and Material 1914-1924


Francis M. Van Pelt- Commander’s Address, also non-dated material

Box 5Francis M. Van Pelt- Record books, rosters, and ledgers 1861-1936

Collection Information

Size of Collection:

5 manuscript boxes

Collection Dates:



Adah Hayes, 5/11/1966 and 2/28/1968

Access :

The collection is open for research use



Reproduction Rights:

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


Materials are entirely in English

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Item by item listing available upon request.