Skip to main content

Ratliff Scrapbook Collection

Identifier: FMS-111

Scope and Contents

The Ratliff Scrapbook Collection documents the history of Richmond and Wayne County, Indiana from the period of early white settlement until the onset of World War II. It includes obituaries, historical accounts, photographs, and detailed reminiscences of hunting, murders, hangings and other facets of pioneer life. The collection consists of two scrapbooks. The older was begun in the 1860s by Joseph C. Ratliff (1827-1909). Joseph C. Ratliff was a Hicksite Quaker and lifetime resident of the Richmond area who was active in the establishment of the Wayne County Historical Society. His scrapbook consists largely of obituaries of Richmond residents. His diaries for 1896 and 1897 form a separate collection. The larger scrapbook was carefully compiled by Joseph C. Ratliff's son Walter S. Ratliff (1860-1941). He was a farmer near Richmond and a member of the Indiana House of Representatives. He shared his father's historical interests, and much of his scrapbook consists of typescript reminiscences of pioneer life in Wayne and adjacent counties. The scrapbook also includes photographs of members of the Quaker Ratliff, Kindley, Furnas, and Comer families, clippings concerning local history, and a detailed account of the World War I service in France of Verlin C. Ratliff (1895-1956), Walter S. Ratliff's son.


  • 1864-1940

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.


1 Boxes

Language of Materials


Arrangement Note

There is a printed spreadsheet of obituaries and other items. It does not seem to be available in electronic format.

Method of Acquisition

Walter C. Ratliff scrapbook was purchased from John Nixon's grandson, Craig Wiechman, 2003. A note inside indicates that in March 1972 Argus Ogborn, another local manuscript collector, created the index at the back of the volume. The Joseph C. Ratliff scrapbook was purchased at auction in November 2003.

Archon Finding Aid Title
Description rules
Other Unmapped
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the Friends Collection and Earlham College Archives Repository