Inventory

Ida Husted Harper Collection
Dates: 1872-1894
Accession Number: 880301
Description: Two flat storage boxes and three large flat storage boxes

Content and Scope of Collection

This collection contains the Saturday Evening Mail, Terre Haute Daily News, and Locomotive Firemen's Magazine articles written by Ida Husted Harper. It represents Harper's Terre Haute years and the beginning of her career as a journalist and suffragist.

Although Harper lived in Terre Haute from 1871 to 1890, she continued to contribute to the Locomotive Firemen's Magazine (which was based in Terre Haute and edited by Eugene V. Debs) until 1894. A prolific writer, Harper published regular columns in the Saturday Evening Mail ("A Woman's Opinions") and the Locomotive Firemen's Magazine ("Woman's Depart-ment"). As managing editor of the Daily News, she wrote short pieces for the editorial page. Included in this collection are the first seventeen articles Harper wrote under the pseudonym "Mrs. John Smith."

Much of this collection was generated from the microfilmed newspapers at the Vigo County Public Library. A comprehensive search was conducted in the Saturday Evening Mail and the Daily News and all Harper articles were photocopied from these sources. (The library has a few gaps in its holdings. Missing issues of the Saturday Evening Mail and the Daily News may have contained Harper articles, but no known copies of these issues exist today. A list of missing issues is included in the inventory folder.) The Eugene V. Debs Foundation graciously loaned original copies of the Locomotive Firemen's Magazine for photocopying.

The project to collect, date, and index the Harper articles was funded by an Indiana Heritage Research Grant with the support of the Vigo County Public Library. The collection is organized in chronological order by publication.

Flat Storage Box 1

 
     

Folder 1

Firemen's Magazine

1883

 

 

Folder 2

Firemen's Magazine

1884

 

 

 

Folder 3

Firemen's Magazine

1885

 

 

 

Folder 4

Locomotive Firemen's Magazine

1886

 

 

 

Folder 5

Locomotive Firemen's Magazine

1887

 

 

 

Folder 6

Locomotive Firemen's Magazine

1888

 

 Flat Storage  Box  2

 

 

 

 

Folder 7

Locomotive Firemen's Magazine

1889

 

 

 

Folder 8

Locomotive Firemen's Magazine

1890

 

 

 

Folder 9

Locomotive Firemen's Magazine

1891

 

 

 

Folder 10

Locomotive Firemen's Magazine

1892

 

 

 

Folder 11

Locomotive Firemen's Magazine

1893

 

 

 

Folder 12

Locomotive Firemen's Magazine

1894

 

Large Flat Storage Box 1

 

 

Loose

Saturday Evening Mail
(Includes the seventeen articles Harper wrote under the pseudonym
"Mrs. John Smith": 1872-1874)

1872-1882

Large Flat Storage Box 2

 

Loose

Saturday Evening Mail

1883-1889

 

Large Flat Storage Box 3

 

Loose

Terre Haute Daily News

1890

 

Note: For a detailed, chronological list of Harper's writings, ask Archives staff.