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Lotz family papers

Identifier: MSS-347

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence (with transcripts), postcards, genealogy research notes, commencement programs, newspaper clippings, and photographs from the Lotz family in Delaware and Jay Counties ranging from the 1860s to 2008 regarding the history of the Lotz family.


  • 1860-2008

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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

The Lotz family was one of the oldest pioneer families in the Jay and Delaware County area, and family patriarchs such as Orlando Lotz, Jacob E. Lotz, Dumont Lotz, and John Lotz were prominent in local politics and government. The collection was started by Jacob E. and Keturah (Winters) Lotz of Portland, Indiana. Jacob was the son of Abraham and Nancy (Carpenter) Lotz, and served as the sheriff of Jay County. Jacob and Keturah had five children: Florence, Dumont, Minnie, Myrtle, and Markie (Florence and Markie passed away as children). Dumont earned degrees from Purdue and Indiana Universities, and served on the faculty of Indiana University before becoming the principal at DeSoto High School. He later taught chemistry at Royerton School. Dumont married Nannie (Bloss) Lotz in 1894 and had four children: Helen, Margaret, Dorothy, and John. Dumont passed away in September 1930 from an apparent suicide. Minnie taught in many schools in the Portland, Indiana area, and also spent time studying at Ridgeville College. She married Richard Bosworth in 1892 and had one son, Cecil. Myrtle attended nursing school at Chicago's Illinois Training School for Nurses and also held an Indiana teaching license.

Dumont's son John held many public office positions in Delaware County, including Hamilton Township trustee, Delaware County assessor, and bailiff of Delaware County Superior Court 4. He married Helen D. Rozelle in 1937 and had two daughters, Lynda and Nancy. He passed away in 1992 at the age of 87.

The family correspondended with many extended family members and friends across the country. Some extended family members include Cliff Crowell, Bertha Crowell, Charley Lotz, and Jeremiah Lotz.


0.6 Cubic Feet (2 boxes)


Arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Correspondence and transcripts, 1881-1945, undated

Series 2: Family history notes and genealogy materials, 1860-2008, undated

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from Nancy Lotz Browning on 2014/11/12.


No further additions are expected.

Existence and Location of Copies

Select materials from this collection have been digitized and are available online in the Ball State University Libraries Digital Media Repository:

Related Archival Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries, Muncie IN:

MSS.015: John Lotz Delaware County records

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/02/13 by Lindsey M. Vesperry. EAD finding aid created 2015/02/13 by Lindsey M. Vesperry

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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