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Robert Bowne Haines
1 folder

Manuscripts & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

Processed by: Philip N. Williams, 1999
Revised by: Edythe Huffman, July 2013


Biographical Note:

Robert B. Haines was born about 1827 in Philadelphia, PA.  He and his wife Margaret had at least 5 children, including D. Jansen Haines.  During 1848 and 1849, Robert Bowne Haines participated in a scientific survey of the Upper Mississippi River and was directed by David Dale Owen, United States Geologist.  He died Aug. 9, 1895 and is buried in PA.


Information Found within Collection
“Robert B. Haines”.  1880 United States Federal Census.  July 15, 2013.
“Robert B Haines”.  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Death Certificates Index, 1803-1915.  July 15, 2013.

Scope and Content:

The collection consists of a bound volume of typed transcriptions of ten letters, which date from May 11, 1838 to June 11, 1849.  The letters document a trip of exploration the author, Robert Bowen Haines, made with David Dale Owen, United States Geologist, Mr. Pratten, an ornithologist, and Dr. Shumard, whom Haines directly assisted.  Locations and sites mentioned in the letters are Blue Earth River, Waraja River, Little Rock River, Terre Blanche, and the Mississippi River (letter of June 24, 1848); Stillwater Lake and St. Croix (letter of Aug. 3, 1848); near Galena and at Red Rock (letter of Aug. 18, 1848 – letter originally written on bark); Chippewa River, Mountain Island, and Prairie de Chien (letter of Sept. 5, 1848); Pine Creek, Turkey River, Dubuque, Parkhurst, and Davenport (letter of Oct. 14, 1848); St. Louis (letter of Nov. 7, 1848); Vincennes (letter of Dec. 4, 1848); Paoli (letter of Dec. 16, 1848); and Fox River and Green Bay (letter of Jan. 11, 1849).

All the letters were written by Haines to his sister, except one to Chas. L. Rannels, his cousin.  Descriptions are given of flood, interactions with Indians, Indian medicine and mounds, efforts of the missionaries working among the Indians, wild game and plants, and Old Fort Howard.

Photocopy Policy:

Manuscript material CANNOT be photocopied or digitized in its entirety. Photocopies and/or digital reproductions (i.e. scans, digital photographs) cannot exceed 25% of a COLLECTION or FOLDER within a collection. In some cases, photocopying may not be permitted due to the condition of the item. Please check with the Manuscript Librarian for possible alternatives.

Collection Inventory

Folder and Item Listing:

Folder 1. 

5-11-1838 – 6-11-1849 Typed transcription of letters to his sister (sometimes sister and brother) and Chas. L. Rannels.

Collection Information:

Size of Collection: 1 folder
Collection Dates: 1838-1849
Provenance:  Jansen Haines, 3-26-1933
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 entirely in: English
Alternate Formats: None
Related Holdings: None
Collection Notes: None

MA BA 8-2-2013