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About this collection

Lewis Wallace (1827-1905) was born in Brookville. He had a distinguished military and political career, but probably is best known as the author of Ben Hur (1880). President Rutherford B. Hayes appointed him governor of the New Mexico Territory from 1878 to 1881 to restore peace during a time known as the Lincoln County War. Some of the letters and documents shown here represent that part of his career. Others represent his time as U. S. Minister to Turkey. For more information about Lew Wallace, please consult the collection guide here: Collection guide.

 

Added to this collection in 2018 is the digitized version of The Papers of Lew and Susan Wallace microfilm collection. This project was originally undertaken in the 1980s by the Lilly Library at Wabash College. Initially the institution gave some support to the effort to collect copies of the couple's documents, but eventually the project was moved to IHS. The material collected from multiple institutions was microfilmed for the convenience of researchers. The microfilm has now been digitized and, along with the finding aid, is fully searchable. Digitization of The Papers of Lew and Susan Wallace microfilm funded by the Outreach and Access Initiative supported by Lilly Endowment, Inc.

 
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