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Caldwell, High, and Meeker families papers

Identifier: MSS-066

Scope and Contents

The Caldwell, Meeker, and High families papers includes correspondence from the Caldwell, Meeker, and High families. The collection is divided into series by family. The Caldwell family papers includes correspondence and documents concerning family and business affairs (1857-1928). The High family papers includes correspondence between Ansen High and his wife Mary during the Civil War (1862). The Meeker family papers includes correspondence from Minor Meeker (1836-1885).


  • Creation: 1836-1928

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries, Muncie, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Archives and Special Collections.

Biographical Note

Benjamin F. Caldwell was a pioneer Indiana teacher. His son David Caldwell bought and sold farm animals and also did some real estate speculation. The letters in this collection concern the families' everyday affairs, including the buying and selling of animals and the borrowing of money for seasonal farm expenses and real estate speculation.

Minor Meeker (1795-1865) was a prominent early settler in Indiana. Meeker migrated to Indiana in 1819 and worked as a tanner for Mr. Rees in Connersville. He married Rachel Thomas in 1820 and they had two children. He purchased eighty acres in Harrison Township and lived the rest of his life as a farmer and tanner. Meeker was active in the pork trade and was the Director of the Old Canal Co. He served three terms in the State Legislature and two terms in the Senate.

Ansen High served in the Civil War. The collection includes correspondence with his wife Mary. The letters discuss High's anticipation of the end of the war, the poor quality of the food, and other financial and personal affairs.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 box)

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Arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Caldwell family correspondence and papers, 1857-1928

Series 2: High family correspondence, 1862

Series 3: Meeker family correspondence, 1836-1885

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from Glen Tyler on 1964/12/14. Additional materials were received from James W. Brown on 2009/06/02.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 1994/02/18 by M. Sears. Finding aid created 1994/02/18 by M. Sears. Finding aid revised 2009/06/23 by Bridget K. Hahn. EAD finding aid created 2009/06/23 by Bridget K. Hahn. The title of the collection was changed from Glen Tyler Collection to Caldwell, High, and Meeker families papers 2009/07/08 by Maren L. Read. EAD finding aid modified 2013/10/28 by Rebecca Marangelli.

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Repository Details

Part of the Stoeckel Archives of Local History Repository

Alexander M. Bracken Library
2000 W. University Avenue
Muncie Indiana 47306 USA