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ECHM Small Manuscript Collections Finding Aid

Explore our Finding Aid for Small Collections at the Elkhart County Historical Museum. The materials contain a variety of historical information on Elkhart County topics.

2012, Scrapbook Finding Aid
This finding aid is a listing of scrapbooks that contain personal, club, business, subject, and event related information.
 
Subject Area(s): Bristol Public Library, Elkhart County Historical Society, World War II Draftees, Bristol High School, Bonneyville, Washington Twp. Home Ec. Club, Elkhart Centennial, Tornado 1965, American Legion Convention
 

 Collection Guides                                                                                  

Elkhart County Historical Society Records, 1896-2016

The Elkhart County Historical Society Records includes historical records of the institution from its founding in 1896, and previous efforts in 1880, to the early twenty-first century. Records include minutes, correspondence, membership records, architectural plans, collection accession records, photographs, audio/visual materials, scrapbooks, newsletters, ephemera, and other material. This Guide is an overview of the processed collection that is open to researchers. More detailed description of the content is included in the Guides for the individual record groups that together make up the entire collection.

Subject(s): Elkhart County Historical Society, History, Organizations, History, Elkhart County Historical Museum

 

MS-011, Elkhart County Band and School Photographs and Documents

This collection contains photographs, clippings, and documents that reflect Opal Maxine (Miller) Tarman’s time in high school at Wakarusa High School and her time in the Elkhart County Band from 1924 to 1953.

Subject Area(s): Elkhart County Band, Wakarusa High School, Band music, Basketball, High school

MS-010 Mothers of World War II Papers

This collection contains records and photographs of the Mothers of World War II, Unit No. 9, Elkhart, Indiana from 1944 to 1972.

Subject Area(s): Agnes Glassburn, Mothers of World War II, Elkhart, Elkhart County, Indiana, World War II, Papers, Pictures, Book, Scrapbooks

MS-007 Doloris Cogan Collection

Doloris Cogan was the first female appointed as International Director of Public Relations for Miles Laboratories, Inc. of Elkhart, Indiana. Post-retirement, Cogan coordinated more than 20 cultural and economic exchange programs with Russians under the auspices of Women for Meaning Summits, of which she has been national secretary. In 1988, Cogan made her first trip to Russia, which spawned her interest in bridging foreign relations through political organizations. The Doloris Cogan Collection contains personal records of her involvement with political and international organizations, information on her previous careers, and a complete set of the The Alkalizer newsletter generated by Miles Laboratories, Inc.

Subject Area(s): Richard Beals, A. L. Beardsley, Doloris Cogan, John Collier, Altrusa International, Bayer AG, League of Women Voters of Indiana, Miles Inc., Peace Links of Elkhart County, Purdue Council on Agricultural Research, Extension & Teaching (PCARET), WAND, Women for a Meaningful Summit/USA, Nuclear disarmament, Political activists

MS-005 Elkhart County Council on Aging Papers

The Elkhart County Council on Aging Papers consists of documents accumulated by Tilman R. Smith and E. E. Miller that describe the work done, in Elkhart County and at Goshen College, to establish the Area Council on Aging in Elkhart County as an outgrowth of the Federal Government’s Older American Act of 1965.

Subject Area(s): Charles Ainley, John Brademas, Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, E.E.Miller, Tilman Smith, Wendell S. Wright, Goshen College, Elkhart County Council on Aging, Council on Aging and Adult Development (U.S.), Social service

MS-006 Goshen College Faculty & Student Papers on Elhkart County

The Goshen College Faculty & Student Papers on Elkhart County collection was established to collect and make accessible research papers created by students and faculty, and in particular the History Department, at Goshen College. The house history project documents were generated by the Public History course at Goshen College, Winter 2014.

Subject Area(s): Indiana Landmarks, Elkhart County (Ind.), Goshen, Indiana, East Lincoln Crossroads Neighborhood, Indiana Historic Sites and Structures Inventory, Public History

MS-004 Atherton Club Records

The Atherton Club was started in November, 1904 by eleven young men as a club to advance social, fraternal and literary issues. They met twice a month, sponsored plays and took up charity work.

Subject Area(s): Clubs, Organizations, Literacy, Theater, Playbook

MS-008 Coming to Elkhart: Oral History Interviews and Project Files

The purpose of the Coming to Elkhart study conducted by the Goshen College, Department of History, was to investigate and document the history of the migration and immigration of various cultural and ethnic groups to Elkhart County beginning in the nineteenth century and continuing through World War II. The first focus group was the African American Community. The collection includes audio recording interviews of individuals and groups, as well as corresponding scanned documents for certain interviews.

Subject Area(s): African American, Segregation, Migrants, Community, Schools, Red lining, Railroads, Booker T. Washington Community Center, South Side Elementary School, St. James AME, Oral history interviews

MS-001 ESL Partners Records

English as a Second Language (ESL) Partners began when Charlotte Holsopple Glick, an Indiana-Michigan Conference Minister, met with a group of people from Elkhart Mennonite and Church of the Brethren congregations to explore ways of relating to and assisting Hispanics who were moving into the Elkhart community. Meeting minutes and correspondence are included in this collection and tell the story of the growth of a program as well as giving examples of barriers the Hispanic community faced.

Subject Area(s): Immigration law, Hispanic heritage, Hispanic issues, Assimilation, ESL (Language study)

MS-002 Jack Cooper World War II Collection

The Jack Cooper World War II Collection consists of documents and artifacts that tell the story of how 23 year-old Jack Cooper of Elkhart, radioman/gunner on a naval torpedo plane, joined the Navy and his subsequent death in 1944 after drifting in a life raft for more than a month. What happened to him is revealed in a log he etched on his wallet during the time he was adrift. The collection also includes research notes of step-brother Robert Anderson as he worked to secure the Indiana Distinguished Service Medal honors for Cooper more than 50 years after the incident.

Subject Area(s): Jack Cooper, Robert Anderson, Jeanne Harmon, American Coating Mills (Elkhart, Ind.), Martin Clothing Stores (Elkhart, Ind.), Elkhart, Indiana, Jacksonville, Florida, Military decorations, Congressional reports, World War II, Navy, Military, Torpedo planes

MS-003 Earl Sears Jr. Collection

The Sears family collection consists of documents and photographs accumulated by three generations of Sears men in Elkhart, Elkhart County, Indiana. Earl S. Sears, Jr lived in Elkhart all of his life. His grandfather, Samuel Sears founded Sears Leather Goods store at 200 South Main Street in Elkhart. Earl’s father, Earl S. Sears, Sr. succeeded his father in the business and continued the business until his death in 1970. The Sears family lived above the store for a few years during which time Earl Jr. began his lifelong interest in the downtown area, Elkhart businesses, and the city of Elkhart. A large portion of the collection is photographs both vintage and contemporary of buildings in and around Elkhart.

Subject Area(s): Samuel Sears, Earl Samuel Sears, Earl Sears Jr., American Coating Mills, Continental Can Company, Federal Paper Board, Clay Coated Folding Boxboards & Printed Cartons, Train Town, City of Elkhart, Sherman Street Bridge, Rice Field, Manufacturing Industry

2013.012, Martha M. Pickrell Papers.pdf

The Martha M. Pickrell Papers (MMPP) consists of documents created by the donor during her time with the Elkhart County Historical Museum (1978-2011). The finished product gives excellent information about events, issues and people in Elkhart and Elkhart County due to her meticulous research. Research notes and sources are included to assist future researchers.

Subject Area(s): Charles Gerard Conn, 1844-1931/Maurice M. Frink Jr./Blanche Frink/Enock Hill Turnock/Cara Jean Baldwin/C. G. Conn, Ltd./Miles Laboratories, Inc./Elkhart County Symphony Orchestra and Choir/Elkhart (Ind.)/Elkhart County (Ind.)--History

MS-009 Matinee Musicale Club Records

This collection contains By-laws, meeting minutes, financial records, membership applications, newspaper clippings of programs, and photographs of members and projects of the Matinee Musicale Club of Elkhart, Indiana. A history of the Club and its predecessors, as presented at its 30th Anniversary, is also included.

Subject Area(s): Matinee Musicale Club, St. Cecilia Society, League of Women Voters of Indiana, Elkhart County (Ind.), Music, Club Records, Photographs, Scrapbooks

MS-012 Currency Collection

This collection contains paper currency and money from the United States of America and other foreign countries. The currency vary in date from 1776-1943 but the majority of money is continental and fractional currency from the American Revolution and the Civil War era. 

MS-013 Sears Catalogs Collection
The collection includes Sears, Roebuck and Company store merchandise catalogs for convenient at-home shopping of toys, Christmas decorations, gifts, and apparel. 

MS-014 I-XL Business Publications & Records Collection
This collection contains business publications and records from the I-XL Pump, Lumber, and Manufacturing Company, the Elkhart Electric Company, and the I-XL Furniture Company. 

MS-015 Pierre Moran Shopping Mall Records Collection
The collection includes minimal business records on stores at the former Pierre Moran Shopping Mall, as also known as the Pierre Moran Shopping Center, located at 154 W Hively Ave (Ste 40) Elkhart, IN 46517. Other items include an oversized site plan/lease plan, photographs, and newspaper clippings.

MS-016 George H. Collier Papers Collection
The collection contains George H. Collier’s business records from the Dobbins Manufacturing Company, once located in Elkhart, Indiana. The documents consist of product catalogs and publications, distribution ledgers, address books, publicity and correspondence, and two photographs of the merchandise. The collection also includes financial ledgers, correspondence, and two postcards from when George H. Collier was on the American Legion, Thomas McCoy Post No. 74, finance committee and raised money to relocate the post in the City of Elkhart.

MS-017 Dunlap Mutual Telephone Union Papers Collections
This collection tracks the formation, operation and eventual sale of the Dunlap Mutual Telephone Union telephone service organized by farmers for the rural area around Dunlap, Elkhart, and Goshen in the early 1900s.

MS-018 C.G. Conn Ltd., Records Collections
The small collection represents the time period in C.G. Conn Ltd. history when the company diversified. The records include financial statements of H. & A. Selmer (1931-1933) when located in New York and musical instrument patent ledgers, perhaps of the Elkhart Band Instrument Company (1923-1930).

MS-019 Martha M. Pickrell Papers Collection
The Martha M. Pickrell Papers (MMPP) consists of documents created by the donor during her time with the Elkhart County Historical Museum (1978-2011). The finished product gives excellent information about events, issues and people in Elkhart and Elkhart County due to her meticulous research. Research notes and sources are included to assist future researchers.

MS-020 Buescher Selmer Business Records Collection
The small collection represents the Buescher band instrument company and the H. & A. Selmer, Inc. companies of Elkhart, Indiana. The records include scrapbooks and folders of magazine advertising history, promotional testimonials, publication advertisements, and other business correspondence. 

MS-021 Nusbaum-Ozanne Collection
The small collection includes two ledgers, newspaper clippings, and a journal page from Joseph Nusbaum, the owner of a drug store and grocery in Middlebury, Indiana. 

MS-022 Salem Bank & Trust Collection
The small collection includes three oversized boxes of scrapbooks, maps/atlases, account books, newspaper clippings, and other business records for the Salem Bank & Trust (Society Bank Goshen) previously located in Goshen, Indiana. 

MS-023 Silas Baldwin Business Records Collection
The collection includes the letters and ledgers of Silas Baldwin in Elkhart, Indiana. 

MS-024 Goshen Sash and Door Company Collection
The small collection includes publications, books, and other miscellaneous records related to the Goshen Sash and Door Company in Goshen, Indiana. 

MS-025 O.M. Curtis Hardware Stoves Collection
The small collection includes company cash books, ledgers, and invoices of the O.M. Curtis Hardware/Stoves of Goshen, Indiana.

MS-026 Elkhart Carriage and Harness Mfg. Co. Collection
The small collection includes a ledger and a folder of articles of incorporation, board of directors and stockholder’s minutes of the Elkhart Carriage & Harness Manufacturing Company also known as F.B. Pratt and Sons, the Elkhart Carriage and Motor Car Company, and the Elcar Motor Company.

MS-027 William Probasco and the Old Store in Bristol Records Collection
The small collection includes account books, correspondence, insurance papers, and miscellaneous items from William Probasco and his store in Bristol, Indiana.

MS-028 Dr. Mary Bartholomew Records Collection
The small collection includes papers, reports, medical records, and .other personal items of Dr. Mary Bartholomew in Goshen, Indiana.

MS-029 Band Instrument Publications Collection
The small collection includes publications and newspaper clippings related to the band instrument industry in Elkhart County, Indiana.

MS-030 Bristol Banner Business Records Collection
The small collection includes business records for the newspaper, The Bristol Banner, located in Bristol, Indiana and other personal/financial records of its owner, Horace F. Mosier.

MS-031 The Firemakers Collection
The small collection includes script, photographs, programs, transparency slides, and a recording tape of “The Firemakers,” a historical outdoor musical drama performed at Eby’s Pines Campground just east of Bristol, Indiana.

MS-032 Miles Business Publications Collection
The small collection includes pamphlets, photographs, programs, and other company advertising promotions of Miles Laboratories in Elkhart, Indiana.

MS-033 Goshen Democrat William Beane Papers Collection
The small collection includes ledgers, newspaper clippings, day book, and a folder of records pertaining to the Goshen Democrat and William Beane of Goshen, Indiana.

MS-034 Hawks Drug Store Collection
The small collection includes the business records and papers of Hawks Drug Store in Goshen, Indiana.

MS-036 St. Joseph Valley Bank Collection
The small collection includes a scrapbook of company publications, newspaper clippings, photographs, and advertisements from the St. Joseph Valley Bank in Elkhart, Indiana.

MS-037 L. Helfrich and Son Furniture Store Collection
The collection includes business ledgers, account books, and other documents from the L. Helfrich and Son Furniture Store in Elkhart, Indiana.

MS-038 Dr. J.E. Barbour Ledgers Collection
This small collection includes two bound ledgers from Dr. J.E. Barbour of Bristol, Indiana.

MS-039 Henry Konecny X-Ray Ledgers Collection
The collection includes ledgers of radiology patient x-ray scans conducted by Henry Konecny at the Elkhart General Hospital in Elkhart, Indiana.

MS-040 Miscellaneous Business Records Collection
The collection includes miscellaneous business records from Elkhart County with connections across Michiana, the state of Indiana, and the Midwest.

MS-041 William H. Dreves Plumbing and Heating Company Collection
The collection includes business ledgers of the Dreves Plumbing and Heating Company in Elkhart, Indiana.

MS-042 G.J.R. Floyd General Merchandise Collection
The collection includes business ledgers of the G.J.R Floyd General Merchandise store in Bristol, Indiana.

MS-043 Goshen Manufacturing Company Collection
The collection includes business advertisements, catalogs, and other company paraphernalia of the Goshen Manufacturing Company in Goshen, Indiana.

MS-044 First State Bank of Middlebury Collection
The collection includes brochures, statement of conditions, and annual reports of the First State Bank of Middlebury in Middlebury, Indiana.

MS-045 Concert Club Records Collection
The collection includes the organizational records, membership lists, financial documents, performance programs, and other related materials of the Concert Club in Elkhart, Indiana.

MS-046 The Adams Store Collection
The collection includes advertising window display cards from the Adams Store in Goshen, Indiana.

MS-047 Adams & Westlake Manufacturing Company Collection
The collection includes a company catalog from Adams & Westlake Company in Chicago, Illinois.

MS-048 Young Men's Progressive Club Collection
The collection includes minutes, correspondence, newspaper clippings, deposit records, and other club organizational papers from the Young Men’s Progressive Club in Bristol, Indiana.

MS-049 Elkhart County Grange Records Collection
The collection includes meeting and membership records from the Lake Grange and Blue Grass Grange of Elkhart County, Indiana.

MS-050 Elkhart League of Women Voters Collection
The collection includes the minutes, correspondence, publications, newspaper clippings, and other organizational papers related to the League of Women Voters of Elkhart County in Elkhart, Indiana. 

MS-051 Leighton Ford Elkhart Area Crusade Collection
The collection includes the planning, preparation, committees and recruitment, promotional and event materials, and newspaper clippings of the Leighton Ford Elkhart Area Crusade on April 18-25, 1971 at the Northside gymnasium in Elkhart, Indiana.

MS-052 Elkhart County Arts and Humanities Council Records Collection
The collection includes organizational records for the Elkhart County Arts and Humanities Councils in Elkhart, Indiana.

MS-053 Temple Israel Collection
The collection includes school workbooks, certificates, and proclamations from Temple Israel in Elkhart, Indiana.

MS-054 Elkhart General Hospital Nurses Alumni Association Collection
The collection includes minutes, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, and photographs related to the Elkhart General Hospital Nurses Alumni Association in Elkhart, Indiana.

MS-055 Athena Club Collection
The collection includes minutes, attendance records, charitable activities, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, and photographs related to the Athena Club in Elkhart, Indiana.

MS-056 Elkhart Dental Auxiliary Collection
The collection includes a scrapbook of newspaper clippings, photographs, programs, and other materials related to the Elkhart Dental Auxiliary in Elkhart, Indiana.

MS-057 The Columbia Club Collection
The collection includes club organization minute books, yearbooks, and other papers related to the Columbia Club in Bristol, Indiana.

MS-058 Bristol Garden Club Collection
The collection includes yearbooks and programs related to the Bristol Garden Club in Bristol, Indiana.

MS-059 Elkhart Woman's Culture Club Collection
The collection includes organizational minutes, president’s notes, correspondence, treasurer’s book, yearbooks, photographs, and other related materials of the Elkhart Woman’s Culture Club in Elkhart, Indiana.

MS-060 The Philomathians Collection
The collection includes yearbooks of the Philomathians in Goshen, Indiana.

MS-061 Elkhart County Council of Defense Collection
The collection includes a text book, minutes, and notes related to the Council of Defense in Elkhart County, Indiana.

MS-062 Elkhart County Home Economics Clubs Collection
The collection includes yearbooks and booklets from various home economics clubs in Elkhart County, Indiana.

MS-063 C.A.T.C.H. P & R Collection
The collection includes planning documents, correspondence, feasibility studies, photographs, maps, newspaper clippings, and mailing lists from the C.A.T.C.H. P & R or “Citizens Aiding the County Home-Preservation and Restoration” not-for-profit Corporation in Goshen, Indiana.

MS-064 Middlebury Study Club Collection
The collection includes yearbooks and minute books from the Middlebury Study Club in Middlebury, Indiana.

MS-065 Whitehall Laboratories Collection
The collection includes binders of newspaper articles and fax transmission cover pages regarding the American Home closing the Whitehall Laboratories in Elkhart, Indiana.

MS-066 Rebekah Lodge Collection
The collection includes invitations, ledgers and secretary record minute books of the Rebekah Lodge #356 I.O.O.F. in Goshen, Indiana.

MS-067 Elkhart County Tuberculosis Association Collection
The collection includes historical clippings, statistic and reports, annual meeting booklets, pamphlets, minutes, correspondence, taxation records, scrapbooks, and books regarding the Elkhart County Tuberculosis Association (ECTA) in Elkhart, Indiana.

MS-068 Elkhart County Farm Bureau Collection
The collection includes the reports of examination from the years 1953-1969 of the Elkhart County Farm Bureau Cooperative Association, Inc. in Elkhart County, Indiana.

MS-069 Michiana Watershed Inc. Collection
The collection includes the by-laws, organizational records, and fundraising cards for the Elkhart chapter of the Michiana Watershed Inc. in Elkhart, Indiana.

MS-070 American Red Cross, Goshen Chapter Collection
The collection includes the manuscripts and meeting minutes, pamphlets and manuals, magazines and posters of the American Red Cross chapter in Goshen, Indiana.

MS-071 Chautauqua Club Collection
The collection includes scrapbooks, yearbooks, and club records from the Chautauqua Club in Goshen, Indiana.

MS-072 Goshen Business and Professional Women's Club Collection
The collection includes a scrapbook, notebooks, correspondence, clippings, memorabilia, and club records from the Goshen Business and Professional Women’s Club in Goshen, Indiana.

MS-073 Grand Army of the Republic Collection
The collection includes several volumes of records, membership lists, proceedings, expenditures, and rules and regulations from the Grand Army of the Republic in Elkhart, Indiana.

MS-074 Married Women's Club Collection
The collection includes scrapbooks, notebooks, guest books, yearbooks, and other club/organizational papers of the Married Women’s Club in Elkhart, Indiana.

MS-075 Altrusa Club Collection
The collection includes yearbooks, newspaper clippings, photographs, conference meetings, membership lists, and minutes from the Altrusa Club in Elkhart, Indiana.

MS-076 Weston School P.T.A. Collection
The collection includes scrapbooks of news clippings, photographs, newsletters, school events, board meeting minutes, and other related documents of the Weston School P.T.A. in Elkhart, Indiana.

MS-077 E.H.S. Class of 1935 Collection
The collection includes an autograph register, newsletters, school newspapers, and other various documents related to the reuniting Class of 1935 from the Elkhart High School in Elkhart, Indiana.

MS-078 Elkhart City P.T.A. Collection
The collection includes a scrapbook, programs, and news clippings about the Elkhart City Parent-Teacher Association (P.T.A.) in Elkhart, Indiana.

MS-079 E. Hill Turnock Project Collection
The collection includes the project forms, research, news clippings, photographs, and other miscellaneous documents about the E. Hill Turnock Project in Elkhart, Indiana.

MS-080 Leffy Jones Papers Collection
This small but comprehensive collection includes government-issued military documents, from the turn of the century, of Leffy Jones from enrollment through discharge, and pension records. It also includes a tintype photograph with Leffy in uniform and a post card note from him to his parents.

MS-081 Schenk Family Collection
The Schenk Family Collection (SFC) consists of documents collected and donated by Maynard Schenk pertaining to family and business history. 

MS-082 Edward Goodman Collection
This small collection is made up of business records and publications primarily from Adlake (Adams & Westlake Company), legal documents, and miscellaneous documents pertaining to the county and state. 

MS-083 James Victor Kruse Collection
This collection contains objects, books, photographs and papers that reflect life in the Elkhart area as experienced by James’ participation in Osolo Elementary School, Bristol High School, the U.S. Marine Corps in WWII, the Elkhart Police Department, and the Elkhart County Historical Society.

MS-084 Carrie Cooper Hartzler Collection
This collection contains items created by Carrie (Amelia) Cooper Hartzler who grew up in Goshen, Indiana and married John B. Hartzler in 1886. The collection consists of undated newspaper clippings in scrapbooks on events predominately in Goshen, some from Elkhart and some from national events, family Bibles, graduation programs, table cards, church records, and postcards related to the Hartzler family in Goshen, Indiana.      

MS-085 Elkhart National Guard Collection
This collection contains photographic copies of newspaper clippings of Co. E of the Indiana National Guard in Elkhart and their involvement in building the Elkhart Armory in 1916. 

MS-086 Eldon Pletcher Cartoons Collection
This collection includes original sketches and watercolor artworks, photocopies of cartoons, correspondence and letters, and an illustrated map related to the art of Eldon Pletcher, a cartoonist originally from Goshen, Indiana.  

MS-087 John Brumbaugh Collection
This collection includes family correspondence, photographs, and ephemera of the Brumbaugh family from Elkhart, Indiana.  

MS-088 Alyce Blessing Collection
This collection includes various company booklets, fraternal organizations, and photographs related to the Blessing, Masten, and Cressler families from Elkhart, Indiana.  

MS-089 Helen Hope K. Mayr Brewer WWI Collection
This collection includes the passport, maps, newspaper clippings, and photographs of Helen Hope K. Mayr’s time in France during World War I serving with the Red Cross.  

MS-090 Bette Jean Masten Collection
This collection includes music programs and schedules, distinguished service citations, pamphlets, graduation programs and a diploma, photographs, membership directories related to the music industry in Elkhart County and saxophonist, Bette Jean Masten, from Elkhart, Indiana.  

MS-091 John D. Myers Civil War Collection

This collection contains items created by John D. Myers, during his time as an Elkhart County contractor/builder and as a soldier with Co. I 74th Indiana Volunteers in the Civil War. Of particular note is his diary kept during Sherman's march to the sea and his description of the 74th Indiana at the Battle of Missionary Ridge November 25, 1863.

MS-092 Mel Crafton Collection
This collection includes high school memorabilia, graduation programs, reunion booklets, and miscellaneous journals related to the Brown and Crafton families from Bristol, Indiana. 

MS-093 G. Hallett Neale Papers Collection

This collection includes the personal and business papers of G. Hallett Neale, a mayor during World War II in Elkhart, Indiana. 

MS-094 Joe Wright Collection

This collection includes the correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, and other research compiled by Irwin Beck about the folk musician Josiah “Joe” O. Wright of Goshen, Indiana. 

MS-095 John C. Landis Collection

This collection includes a coloring book, physician’s personal records, real state warranty deeds, and other personal family mementos kept by John C. Landis of Bristol, Indiana. 

MS-096 Lorenz Family Collection

This collection includes a variety of documents related to the Lorenz family including funeral albums, books, photographs, postcards, certificates of marriage, baptism, and confirmation, college documents, genealogy reminiscences, and other kinship records based from Elkhart, Indiana. 

MS-097 Schmidt Family Collection

This collection includes the career memorabilia, news clippings, birth certificates, funeral arrangements, and photographs of the Schmidt family originally from Elkhart, Indiana. 

MS-098 H.E. Bucklen Industry Books Collection

This collection includes electric railway and engineering books and journals owned by H.E. Bucklen of Elkhart, Indiana. 

MS-099 New Paris Scrapbooks Collection

This collection includes scrapbooks of newspaper clippings on anniversaries, deaths, town news, birthdays, business development, and other news related to the town of New Paris, Indiana. 

MS-100 Winey Collection

This collection includes the personal papers of Harold and Lillian Winey of Elkhart, Indiana. 

MS-101 Greenleaf Boynton Family Collection

This collection includes wills, autograph albums, wedding announcements, family correspondence, convocation programs, fraternity and sorority items, photographs, postcards, newspaper clippings, baby and childhood memorabilia, vacation memories, expense books, collegiate records, and notebooks  related to the Greenleaf and Boynton families of Elkhart, Indiana.

MS-102 Emma Bennet Kelley Papers Collection

This collection includes the papers ofEmma Bennett Kelley (1860–1938) who taught at the Bristol school for 20 years before marrying Dr. Frank L. Kelley of Alba., Michigan in 1902. After his death in 1916 she returned to Bristol. She was active as a literary woman, as these papers demonstrate; was a charter member of the Bristol Literary Society, a leader in the Tuesday Study Club of Alba, and the Columbia Club of Bristol. 

MS-103 Gordon Yoder Collection

This collection includes miscellaneous documents related to Elkhart County and World War II, Fred Neher cartoons, and St. Joseph Valley corporation annual report from Gordon Yoder of Elkhart, Indiana. 

MS-104 Early Elkhart County School Records Collection

This collection includes a school roll and journal of a teacher who taught in the early nineteenth century in Elkhart, Indiana. 

MS-105 Elkhart County Militia Enrollment Collection

This collection includes a militia enrollment record journal conducted by E. W.H. Ellis, the enrolling commissioner in Elkhart County, Indiana. 

MS-106 Charles Gordone Papers Collection
This collection includes a playbill, playbook, and poster related to Charles Gordone, an American playwright, who grew up in Elkhart, Indiana. 

MS-107 The Feeser Family Papers Collection

This collection includes the personal papers such as marriage license, high school diplomas, and teacher’s licenses of the Feeser family of Elkhart, Indiana. 

MS-108 Sims-Laughlin Family Papers Collection

This collection includes the personal papers of Mary Laughlin Sims and the Sims-Laughlin family of Indiana.  

MS-109 Inbody Farm Ledgers Collection
This collection includes the farm expenses and account books ofJohn J. Inbody’s farm on C.R. 17 in Goshen, Indiana. 

MS-110 Marlin and Frances Meiser Papers Collection

This collection includes the personal papers of Marlin and Frances Meiser, avid postcard collectors and antique dealers in Elkhart County, Indiana.   

MS-111 Gertrude Shaffer Papers Collection
This collection includes the personal papers of Gertrude Shaffer’s family in Michigan and Elkhart County, Indiana.   

MS-112 Rohrer Family Papers Collection
This collection includes the personal papers of the Rohrer family in Wakarusa and Harrison Township of Elkhart County, Indiana.   

MS-113 Munsch Family Papers Collection

This collection includes the personal papers of the Munsch/Munch family of Germany and Elkhart, Indiana.   

MS-114 Latta Family Papers Collection
This collection includes the personal papers of the Latta family of Goshen, Indiana.   

MS-115 Herring Family Papers Collection

This collection includes the personal papers of the Herring family of Goshen, Indiana.   

MS-116 Keil Family Papers Collection
This collection includes the personal papers of the Keil family of Elkhart, Indiana.   

MS-117 Lantz Family Papers Collection

This collection includes the personal papers of the Lantz family of Washington township of Elkhart County, Indiana.   

MS-118 John D. Umbenhower Papers Collection
This collection includes the personal papers of John D. Umbenhower of Goshen, Indiana.   

MS-119 Bob Judson Papers Collection

This collection includes the newspaper clippings, schoolbooks, and abstracts of Bob Judson from Elkhart County, Indiana.   

MS-120 Louis Hager Papers Collection

This collection includes the personal papers of Dr. Louis E. Hager and his wife, Louis H., of Elkhart, Indiana. 

MS-121 Hively-Harris Family Papers Collection
This collection includes the diaries, their transcripts, and some family reminiscences of the Hively-Harris family of Elkhart County, Indiana.   

MS-122 John Christian Boss Papers Collection

This collection includes the business papers and patents of the John Christian Boss Engineering Company of Elkhart, Indiana.   

MS-123 Elkhart County Postcards Collection
This collection includes postcards written by family members and friends to Mrs. William (Beulah) Douma and Mrs. J.B. (Carrie) Hartzler in Goshen, Elkhart County, Indiana.   

MS-124 Dr. H.E. Vander Bogart Papers Collection

This collection includes the personal papers of Dr. H.E. Vander Bogart of Goshen, Indiana.   

MS-125 Cara Jean Baldwin Papers Collection
This collection includes the personal papers of Cara Jean Baldwin of Elkhart, Indiana.   

MS-126 Emma L. Butler Papers Collection

This collection includes the personal papers of Emma L. Butler of Goshen, Indiana.   

MS-127 Audrey B. Russell Papers Collection
This collection includes the personal papers of Audrey Christine Benner Russell of Elkhart, Indiana. 

2013.005 Elkhart National Guard Collection.pdf
This collection contains photographic copies of newspaper clippings of Co. E of the Indiana National Guard in Elkhart and their involvement in building the Elkhart Armory in 1916. Items from the Indiana National Guard Co. H during World War II era include two black and white photographs of enlistees from the Elkhart area that include the donor and a book, Avengers of Bataan: 38th Infantry Division Historical Report.
 
Subject Area(s): William S.Van Patten, Jr./James Scoville/Indiana. National Guard/Elkhart Co., Ind./Bataan Province (Philippines)/Bataan, Battle of, Philippines, 1942/World War I/World War II/Vernon Ball Auto Dealer/Midway Airport/Military
 
2013.002, Dunlap Mutual Telephone Union Papers.pdf
This collection tracks the formation, operation and eventual sale of the Dunlap Mutual Telephone Union telephone service organized by farmers for the rural area around Dunlap, Elkhart, and Goshen in the early 1900s.
 
Subject Area(s): John Moyer/ William Nymeyer/Dunlap Mutual Telephone Union/Salem Bank and Trust Co. of Goshen/First Old State Bank of Elkhart, Indiana/Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis Railway Co./Indiana Telephone Association/Elkhart County Infirmary/Yellow Creek, Dunlap
 
2013.001, Elkhart County Secondary Education Papers.pdf
This small collection contains term papers written between 1933 and 1945 by Goshen College students in Dr. Silas Hertzler’s Secondary Education class. The assignment was to research the history of a high school in Elkhart County. Schools cited were Bristol, Concord, Elkhart, Jefferson, Middlebury, Millersburg, New Paris, Nappanee and Wakarusa.
 
Subject Area(s): Silas Hertzler Ph.D./Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana/Elkhart County (Ind.)/Secondary Education/ Core curriculum/Teachers/School Administrators
 
2012.021, James Victor Kruse Collection.pdf
This collection contains objects, books, photographs and papers that reflect life in the Elkhart area as experienced by James’ participation in Oslo Elementary School, Bristol High School, the Air Force in WWII, the Elkhart Police Department, and the Elkhart County Historical Society.
 
Subject Area(s): Fraternal Order of Police/Elkhart County Historical Society/Elkhart City Police Department/Elkhart/Indiana/Cuba/Marksmanship/WWII/Police
  
2012.019, George H. Collier Papers.pdf
The collection contains George H. Collier’s business records from the Dobbins Manufacturing Company, once located in Elkhart, Indiana. The documents consist of product catalogs and publications, distribution ledgers, address books, publicity and correspondence, and two photographs of the merchandise. The collection also includes financial ledgers, correspondence, and two postcards from when George H. Collier was on the American Legion, Thomas McCoy Post No. 74, finance committee and raised money to relocate the post in the City of Elkhart.
 
Subject Area(s): H.D. Hudson Manufacturing Company, American Legion, Dobbins Manufacturing Co., Agricultural equipment, Spraying and dusting in agriculture
 
2012.017, Leffy Jones Papers.pdf
This small but comprehensive collection includes government-issued military documents, from the turn of the century, of Leffy Jones from enrollment through discharge, and pension records. It also includes a tintype photograph with Lefty in uniform and a post card note from him to his parents.
 
Subject Area(s): YMCA/New Paris, Indiana/Wolcotville, Indiana/Spanish American War/Army Pension
 
2012.013, Pierre Moran Shopping Mall Records.pdf
The collection includes minimal business records on stores at the former Pierre Moran Shopping Mall, as also known as the Pierre Moran Shopping Center, located at 154 W Hively Ave (Ste 40) Elkhart, IN 46517. Other items include an oversized site plan/lease plan, photographs, and newspaper clippings.
 
Subject Area(s): Pierre Moran Shopping Center/Pierre Moran Shopping Mall/Shopping centers/Retail stores/Business records/Carson Pirie Scott/L.S. Ayres and Company/Elkhart, Indiana
  
2012.002, Edward Goodman Collection.pdf
This small collection is made up of business records and publications primarily from Adlake (Adams & Westlake Company), legal documents, and miscellaneous documents pertaining to the county and state. Edward Goodman grew up in Elkhart County and lived on S.R. 19. He had family members who worked at Adlake and started in 1945 and worked their over 25 years. When Adlake closed in the early 1970s Goodman went into van conversions. While at Adlake he worked in the metal department.
 
Subject Area(s): Adams and Westlake Company, Concord High School, Assembly-line methods, Business records, Technicians, Laboratory
 
2011.034, C.G. Conn Ltd. Records.pdf
The small collection represents the time period in C.G. Conn Ltd. history when the company diversified. The records include financial statements of H. & A. Selmer (1931-1933) when located in New York and musical instrument patent ledgers, perhaps of the Elkhart Band Instrument Company (1923-1930).
 
Subject Area(s): C.G. Conn (Charles Gerard), 1844-1931/ Carl Dimond Greenleaf/H. & A. Selmer Inc./C.G. Conn, Ltd./Elkhart/Indiana/New York/Instrument industry/Band (Instrumental group)
 
2011.031-.032, Schenk Family Collection.pdf
The Schenk Family Collection (SFC) consists of documents collected and donated by Maynard Schenk pertaining to family and business history. Maynard Schenk served as Elkhart County Engineer and the bulk of the collection is related to Elkhart County bridge inspection work from 1986 to 1995 including photographs, maps and standards manuals. Additionally, there are family photographs that span two generations, correspondence, and photographs that include members of the Schenk family that were employed at the Crow Carriage & Motor Car Company and the Buescher Band Instrument Company in Elkhart.
 
Subject Area(s): Elkhart, Indiana, Crow Carriage & Motor Car Company, Buescher Instrument Company, Wood Car Company, Kuert Concrete Company, Engineering, Bridges, Car Industry
 
2006.032, Thomas Bayless Collection.pdf
This collection contains black & white photographs taken, by Thomas Bayless, during the Nürnberg, English conventional Nuremberg, Trial #6, a prosecution of the officials of the I. G. Farben industrial complex. Bayless was one of the official Army Signal Corps. photographers assigned to document the sixth trial at Nuremberg, Germany at the end of World War II. It also contains personal correspondence between Bayless and his mother during his World War II enlistment and the camera he used in his assignment.
 
Subject Area(s): Nuremberg War Crime Trials, Nuremberg, Germany, 1946-1949, I.G. Farben Trial, Nuremberg, Germany, 1947-1948, United States. Army. Signal Corps., Blazon Mobile Homes Corporation, Elkhart County (Ind.), Camp Hood (Tex.), Nürnberg, Germany, Nuremberg, Germany, Wiesbaden (Germany), Camera journalism, World war II, Linhof cameras, Robert H. Jackson, Thomas Bayless, Telford Taylor
 
1984.040 Carrie Cooper Hartzler Collection.pdf
This collection contains items created by Carrie (Amelia) Cooper Hartzler who grew up in
Goshen, Indiana and married John B. Hartzler in 1886. The collection consists of undated newspaper clippings in scrapbooks on events predominately in Goshen, some from Elkhart and some from national events. Three main areas that are covered are the Methodist Church in Goshen and its connection with Winona Lake, Elkhart County historian, H.S.K. Bartholomew columns, and “Stories in Stamps” clippings.
 
Subject Area(s): Carrie (Amelia) Cooper Hartzler, John B. Hartzler, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, Goshen, Indiana, Elkhart, Indiana, Winona Lake, H.S.K. Bartholomew
 
1980.007, Emma Bennett Kelley Papers.pdf
This collection consist of personal papers (scrapbooks, literature, booklets) created by Emma Bennett Kelley. Emma Bennett Kelley (1860–1938) taught at the Bristol school for 20 years before marrying Dr. Frank L. Kelley of Alba., Michigan in 1902. After his death in 1916 she returned to Bristol. She was active as a literary woman, as these papers demonstrate; was a charter member of the Bristol Literary Society, a leader in the Tuesday Study Club of Alba, and the Columbia Club of Bristol.
 
Subject Area(s): Columbia Club (Indianapolis Indiana), Bristol Literary Society, Temperance---Societies, Women’s issues
 
1968.002-1978.087 John D. Myers Civil War Collection.pdf

This collection contains items created by John D. Myers, during his time as an Elkhart County contractor/builder and as a soldier with Co. I 74th Indiana Volunteers in the Civil War. Of particular note is his diary kept during Sherman's march to the sea and his description of the 74th Indiana at the Battle of Missionary Ridge November 25, 1863.

Subject Area(s): John D. Myers Orville T. Chamberlain/Grand Army of the Republic Lowell Post 90/Elkhart Co., Ind./Civil War/Sherman's march to the sea/Methodist church/Bashor Chapel/Contractor and builder