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The Resource Francis M. Shearer collection

Francis M. Shearer collection

Label
Francis M. Shearer collection, 1829-1974, undated
Title
Francis M. Shearer collection
Inclusive dates
1829-1974, undated
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
This collection contains legal documents, personal papers, receipts, genealogical information and photographs from the Shearer, Marshall, and English families, ranging from 1829-1974. The legal documents include warranty deeds, quitclaim deeds, and an abstract of title for property John and William Marion Shearer obtained in Indianapolis and Marion County. Other documents include Michael Shearer's tax receipts, a copy of his 1829 land grant, and copies of the wills of John Shearer and William A. Shearer. There is an extensive collection of cabinet card and carte-de-visite photographs of the Shearer, English, and Marshall families taken by a variety of photographers from Indianapolis other Indiana communities (circa 1870-1890s). The collection also contains a variety of publications and includes the medical book, The Physical Life of Woman: Advise to the Maiden, Wife, and Mother by Geo. H. Napheys, A.M. M.D.(1870); a 1909 Shortridge High School annual; artist Harrison Fisher's illustrated book, A Garden of Girls (1910); and a book about World War I, The Battery Book: A History of Battery 'A' 306 F.A. (1921). Other items of note are paper currency from the Bank of Indiana, Bank of Clifton, Northern Bank of Kentucky and the United States "fractional currency" circulated in the 1800s; the February 5, 1878 marriage certificate of William Marion Shearer and Maggie English; William Arthur Shearer's World War I identification card and photographs of him from the war; and Audrey Marshall Shearer's poetry
Biographical or historical data
Francis Mathews Shearer was a descendent of early 19th century settlers of Marion County, Indiana. His great-great-grandparents, Michael (1775-1854) and Elizabeth Knabb (1792-1882) Shearer settled in Marion County in 1827. The family farm was located at what is now 21st and Ritter in Indianapolis. Their son, John (1825-1903) married Mary Ann Johnson (1833-1920) in 1855 and they had a son named William Marion (1856-1939). He married Margaret Ellen English (1855-1910) in 1878 and they had 3 sons, Charles English (1881-1925 ), John Edwin (1883-1940), and William Albert (1890-1973). William Albert married Audrey Marshall (1891-1968) in 1913 and they were the parents of Francis M. Shearer (1915-2003).Sources:Information within collection."John E. Shearer Dies Unexpectedly." Indianapolis Star (IN), March 30, 1940."Ex-Exec at national, Shearer Dead at 83." Lafayette Journal & Courier (IN), July 21, 1973."William M. Shearer, 82, Lifelong Resident, Dies." Indianapolis Star (IN), May 27, 1939.
Cataloging source
ISL
Location of other archival material
Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN: OH247: Francis (Frank) M. Shearer oral history
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Shearer family
  • Shortridge High School
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • Indianapolis (Ind.)
  • Marion County (Ind.)
Label
Francis M. Shearer collection
Link
https://archives.isl.lib.in.us/repositories/2/resources/427
Instantiates
Note
Processing Information: Collection processing completed 2016/07/29 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2016/07/29 by Laura Eliason
Arrangement
This collection is arranged in the following series:Series 1: Family documents, 1829-1973, undatedSeries 2: Publications, 1870-1974Series 3: Family bibles, 1806-1877Series 4: Family photographs, circa 1878-1940, undated
Carrier category
unspecified
Carrier category code
zu
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
unspecified
Content type code
zzz
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
20841440
Extent
2.0 Cubic feet
Governing access note
This collection is open for research
Media category
unspecified
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
z
Ownership
This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Frank Shearer in 1976/03.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn967669543
  • (OCoLC)967669543
Terms governing use
Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Type of unit
3 manuscript boxes, 2 small oversize boxes, 1 medium oversize
Label
Francis M. Shearer collection
Link
https://archives.isl.lib.in.us/repositories/2/resources/427
Note
Processing Information: Collection processing completed 2016/07/29 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2016/07/29 by Laura Eliason
Arrangement
This collection is arranged in the following series:Series 1: Family documents, 1829-1973, undatedSeries 2: Publications, 1870-1974Series 3: Family bibles, 1806-1877Series 4: Family photographs, circa 1878-1940, undated
Carrier category
unspecified
Carrier category code
zu
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
unspecified
Content type code
zzz
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
20841440
Extent
2.0 Cubic feet
Governing access note
This collection is open for research
Media category
unspecified
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
z
Ownership
This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Frank Shearer in 1976/03.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn967669543
  • (OCoLC)967669543
Terms governing use
Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Type of unit
3 manuscript boxes, 2 small oversize boxes, 1 medium oversize

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