Inventory
 

John H. O'Boyle Papers
Dates: 1832-1924
Accession Number: 861007
Donor: Unknown
Description: One document case


Content and Scope of Collection

John H. O'Boyle, an early settler who arrived in Terre Haute in 1849, spent his adult life here as a dealer in leather and real estate. He served a term on the city council and was on the board of directors of two banks. He was also a trustee of the Rose Orphan Home and of the Terre Haute public school system. He was treasurer of the school board for many years.

The papers in this collection were in the possession of his daughter, Frances (Fanny), who was married to A. Z. Foster, a prominent retail merchant. They eventually passed into the hands of O'Boyle's son, John H. O'Boyle, of Indianapolis.

Document Case

 

 

 

 

Folder 1

Letter from John H. O'Boyle to
  Mrs. A. Z. Foster

July 23, 1924

 

 

 

 

Copy of certificate regarding
  apprenticeship of John H. O'Boyle to
  Samuel Hammack, tanner

March 2, 1832

 

 

 

 

Correspondence about O'Boyle between
  Helen Cains and Juliet Peddle

1957-1958

 

 

 

Folder 2

John O'Boyle's account book as treasurer of school board

1875-1876

 

 

 

 

Invitation to visit classes

May ?

 

 

 

 

Trustee's report on condition of schools

1874

 

 

 

 

Receipts, Treas. of City School Board

1871-1876

 

 

 

 

School document concerning payment for grading school house lots

1870-1871

 

 

 

Folder 3

Letter of Edwin O'Boyle to father,  J. H. O'Boyle

June 20, 1874

 

 

 

 

Letter from William I. Stephens to John H. O'Boyle

Dec. 22, 1865

 

 

 

 

Bill for John O'Boyle's house

n.d.

 

 

 

 

Tribute to J. H. O'Boyle at his death by Lodge No. 51,  Independent Order of Odd Fellows  (IOOF)

Jan. 27, 1882

 

 

 

 

Letter from Jas. H. Nelson to J. H. O'Boyle

May 22, 1863

 

 

 

 

Letter from J. H. O'Boyle to David Boyd

June 26, 1859

 

 

 

 

Letter from H. K. Wilson to J. H. O'Boyle

April 7, 1832

 

 

 

Folder 4

Business letters and records, including Wabash & Erie Canal 5% Stock

Sept. 10, 1849

 

 

 

Folder 5

Leather business circulars

1858

 

 

 

 

Leather business receipt form

186-

 

 

 

 

Small account book

1874-1877

 

 

 

 

Notes of earlier transactions

1849

 

 

 

 

Fragile business receipts

1860s & 1870s

 

 

 

Folder 6

Clippings:

     

 

Pictures of O'Boyle; his obituary

Jan. 18, 1882

 

 

 

 

Wedding of Fannie O'Boyle to A. Z.  Foster

Jan. 3, 1898

 

 

 

 

Thomas P. O'Boyle obituary

n.d.

 

 

 

 

Poem - Our Boys (doggerel about Terre Hauteans)

Dec. 19, 1888

 

 

 

 

Death of Fanny Foster

Nov. 29, 1957

 

 

 

 

Anna Bowles Wiley Essay on J. H. O'Boyle

April 9, 1933

 

 

 

Folder 7

Photos of J. H. O'Boyle and of leather business photos (from originals in collection)

1986

 

 

 

Folder 8

Orson Barbour papers

1842-1852

 

 

 

Folder 9

Ralph Conover documents

1836

 

 

 

Folder 10

Memorial Booklet to A. Z. Foster

1906

 

 

 

 

Letters in Dutch found among Fanny Foster's papers, addressed to "Dear Julius"

1858-1859