Helen Condit Papers
Dates: 1901-1928
Accession Number:  20080124B
Description:  Three items in a file folder


Helen Condit, born in 1874, was one of eight children of Rev. Blackford Condit and Sarah (Mills) Condit. 

Miss Condit was the last surviving member of one of Terre Haute's oldest and most prominent families.  Individuals from both sides of her family were notable in the religious, educational, judicial and philanthropic fields. Her father was the pastor of Central Presbyterian Church and her mother was instrumental in the establishment of the Rose Home for Aged Women.  Her paternal great uncle was a distinguished judge for several years on the Indiana Supreme Court. Her maternal grandfather, Caleb Mills, was a cofounder of Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana, was the second superintend-dent of public instruction in Indiana and was known as the father of Indiana's public school system due to his sponsorship of the Indiana Free Public School Law.

Helen Condit was important to Terre Haute history in her own right.  She was a cofounder and long-time benefactress of Union Hospital.  She became a member of the hospital board in 1898 and served as secretary of the board from 1903 to 1927.  She contributed money and heirlooms to the Vigo County Historical Society and to the Swope Art Gallery.  She held honorary and life memberships in the Swope Art Gallery.

The field of education was always important to Condit.  In addition to her affiliation with Wabash College, Helen Condit was also a staunch supporter of the Indiana State Teachers College.  She was an honorary member of Delta Kappa Gamma, the honorary society for teachers.  She established the Caleb Mills Scholarship to be awarded to a graduating senior preparing to be a teacher.  In 1928, she signed an agreement with Indiana State that would transfer ownership of her birth home at 629 Mulberry Street over to the college upon her death.

She was a lifelong member of Central Presbyterian Church where her father had been the pastor.  She had the honor of having one of the church's subordinate bodies named for her.

Helen Condit and her brothers were the last of eight children.  Her brother, Allen Condit, a locally prominent lawyer, died in 1935.  Her brother, Joseph Dayton Condit, a successful doctor in California, died in 1940.

Helen Condit's health began to deteriorate in 1960.  She became bedridden in the summer of 1961 and was hospitalized in late November 1961.  She died on December 10, 1961 and was buried at Highland Lawn Cemetery.


Content and Scope of Collection

This collection consists of two programs and a playbill for events attended by Helen Condit.

These items were given to the Library by an unknown donor along with several photographs of Helen Condit and her family that have been placed in the Community Archives' Photograph Files. 

Document Case






Folder 1

[President William] McKinley
  Memorial Services, Opera House
  Terre Haute, Indiana

Sept. 19, 1901





Playbill: Walter Hampden in Hamlet
  Grand Theatre, Terre Haute, Indiana

Monday, April 2, ?





Services Commemorating the 100th
  Anniversary of the Central Presbyterian
  Church, Terre Haute, Indiana

May 13-20, 1928