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Our Indiana material that is currently available:

Cold Cheer at Camp Morton – Prisoners of War in the Civil War

Articles from The Century Magazine, Volumes 41 & 42 (1891).  Camp Morton, located in Indianapolis, Indiana, was actually one of the better and more humane POW facilities of the Civil War, contemporary historians tell us.  Regardless, by modern standards POWs were not treated well there, and in this set of articles, we have an initial report by a former prisoner, John A. Wyeth, MD, with an official rebuttal following in the next issue, with a rejoinder by Dr. Wyeth.  It’s interesting that this series of articles originally appeared in 1891, more than 20 years after the war ended.  32+ pages, PDF format, download now for $3.75.

 Cold Cheer at Camp Morton

Fountain County's Activities in the World War

Patriotic fervor in the United States probably reached its peak during World War I, and this 80+ page book illustrates it well -- and contains substantial resources for the genealogist as well.  It is available both on CD-ROM and as a download.  CLICK HERE for more information.

Catholic Families in Kentucky

This CD-ROM includes two important sources about the many Roman Catholics that emigrated from Maryland to Kentucky following the American Revolution.  While it may surprise some who see this referenced on the Indiana page, a significant percentage of these families subsequently migrated to southern Indiana, particularly to Daviess County.  For more information about this project, please see our Kentucky Catholics page.

Washington, Indiana Sesquicentennial

This 1966 publication (around 80 pages with abundant photographs) provides quite a comprehensive history of this Daviess County community and its inhabitants.  It contains lists of people, photos of people and places, and lots of ads of sponsoring organizations.  As one of the areas into which many of the Maryland Catholics who migrated to Kentucky ultimately ended up, this download will be of special interest.  Download now in PDF format for $5.00. 

 Washington, IN Sesquicentennial

The Harmony Society at Economy, PA

from Communistic Societies of the United States, by Charles Nordhoff (1875).  Many living today perceive the “flower power” communes of the 1960s as something new and different in America.  To the contrary, the United States has a long tradition of communes of various types, and Nordhoff made a study of them, visiting many of them of his era.  While the communes of the 1960s differed from those of a century and more earlier in philosophical underpinnings, in both centuries they were considered quite novel and more than a little scandalous.  This download is listed under Indiana as well as Pennsylvania since this sect had a substantial settlement in Indiana prior to their removal to Pennsylvania.  See our Pennsylvania page for more information about this publication.  (See also our "New Harmony, an Experiment in Socialism" item below.)

New Harmony, an Experiment in Socialism

from The Hoosiers, by Meredith Nicholson (1900).  The Hoosiers was an effort by Nicholson to “give some hint of the forces that have made for cultivation in Indiana.”  His intent was evaluation of the state’s performance in literature, but he found that this was closely tied to the history of the state, particularly its settlement.  Robert Owens’ socialist community at New Harmony, in Posey County, was clearly one of the more important parts of this process, in Nicholson’s view of things; important enough to merit an entire chapter by itself – reproduced here.  (For more about the Harmony Society, please see Nordhoff's material about them on our Pennsylvania page).  Download the 35+ page chapter from The Hoosiers about New Harmony now in PDF format for $3.75.

 New Harmony, from The Hoosiers

Indiana and Her People

from The Hoosiers, by Meredith Nicholson (1900).  Also includes the introduction and table of contents of this volume.  This chapter traces the history of Indiana, particularly sources of in-migration and social and intellectual thought in the state.  He lays the groundwork in this chapter for his exposition of the nature of “the Hoosier” found in subsequent chapters, and discusses some of the literary lights of the state. 40+ pages, PDF format, temporarily offered as a free download.  Please CLICK HERE to download.

Pierian Of Richmond High School, Richmond, IN, for 1913

Please note that this early high school yearbook was published in what we now call landscape format, so we’ve done the same in this republication of it.  Also note that pages 127 – 130 were missing from the original.  The missing pages appear to have been part of a section called “Backward Cases” that seems to have consisted, from the one remaining page of that section, of photographs of couples (romantic, we assume).  The pages are missing completely, and the binding undisturbed, so the possibility remains that they were removed before publication.  Conversely, perhaps they were removed by an earlier owner of the yearbook due to so circumstance as a failed romance.  Lacking a reference copy of the yearbook we’ve no way of knowing.  The portions of the yearbook normally deemed “important” a century later (the senior photos and summaries, the sports teams, the musical and other organizations, the faculty) are all present and intact.  136+ pages, in PDF format (landscape orientation), download now for $4.25.

 Pierian for 1913 - Richmond High School yearbook


We own the following Indiana material and will publish it  shortly:

Washington, Indiana:   program for "Washington on Parade"

An eight page program for the "Washington on Parade" historical spectacle that was enacted during early October 1966 under professional direction.   Lots and lots of names.

We will be offering this item as an inexpensive download. 

The Hoosiers, by Meredith Nicholson (1900)

This volume, part of a series called National Studies in American Letters, is a bit of literary criticism, state and local history, and social history all rolled into a single volume.  We are currently adding chapters from this volume (see above).  The table of contents and the first chapter are currently a free download, and the chapter about New Harmony is also available.  Other chapters will be offered  depending on interest.

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