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Zachariah Stanley Papers

Identifier: FMS-150

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of bound volumes, correspondence, and financial records belonging primarily to Zachariah Stanley. There are account books in the collection, from Boston, Indiana. While most of the material is financial in nature, there is at least one piece of correpondence discussing the apparent murder of Stanley's brother and who guilty parties might be.


  • 1858-1899

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use

Some materials may be protected by copyright. Permission to reproduce and to publish for commercial purposes must be requested from the Archivist.

Biographical or Historical Information

Zachariah J. Stanley was born in Union County, Indiana, July 3, 1819, the son of Zachariah and Mary (Bedwell) Stanley, natives of Guilford County, North Carolina, who settled in Union County in 1812. He was married Nov. 7, 1847, to Martha Williams (1823-1887), a native of Wayne County and the daughter of Benjamin and Margaret Williams. He built a considerable fortune as a landowner and money lender. At his death, November 8, 1901, he bequeathed land to Earlham College to endow a scholarship,  open to any Earlham student who could prove a relationship to the Stanley family. Among the beneficiaries were Wendell M. Stanley, class of 1926, the 1946 Nobel laureate in chemistry.

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1 Boxes

Language of Materials



Two acount books, business papers, and a letter, 1858-1899, of Zachariah J. Stanley, a farmer and merchant who lived in Boston, Wayne County, Indiana, and in adjacent Union County, Indiana.

Method of Acquisition

Purchase March 2009 from Ron Purcell, Richmond IN.

Accruals and Additions

No accruals are expected.

Related Materials

Related material is in SC 185, the Stanley Family Collection.

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Thomas Hamm, May 2009
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Repository Details

Part of the Friends Collection and Earlham College Archives Repository