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Rev. Oscar C. McCulloch papers 1860-1924.

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  • 6 of 6 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI L363 (Text) 00000105051791 Manuscripts Available -
Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI L363 (Text) 00000105051809 Manuscripts Available -
Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI L363 (Text) 00000105051817 Manuscripts Available -
Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI L363 (Text) 00000105051825 Manuscripts Available -
Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI L363 (Text) 00000105051833 Manuscripts Available -
Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI L363 (Text) 00000105051841 Manuscripts Available -

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  • Physical Description: 6 mss. boxes, 3 os. folders

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General Note: Processing information: Collection process completed 1997/09 by Jill Costill. Reprocessed 2007/04 by Elizabeth M. Wilkinson. Finding aid updated 2015/11/04 by Laura Eliason.
Summary, etc.: This collection includes McCulloch's diaries, clippings, papers, letters, and many materials for the Plymouth Church and McCulloch Club. The bulk of the collection consists of McCulloch's This collection includes McCulloch's diaries, clippings, papers, letters, and many materials for the Plymouth Church and McCulloch Club. The bulk of the collection consists of McCulloch's.
Preferred Citation of Described Materials Note: Rev. Oscar C. McCulloch Papers, Rare Books and Mansucripts, Indiana State Library.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Note: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript Section, Indiana State Library. Possession of a reproduction from an Indiana State Library collection does not constitute permission for use.
Biographical or Historical Data: Oscar Carleton McCulloch was born July 2, 1843 in Fremont, Ohio to C. G. and Hattie McCulloch. McCulloch was educated in Portage, Wisconsin, and at Eastman Business College in New York. He worked as a government clerk in Springfield, Illinois and as a salesman in Chicago before entering the Chicago Theological Seminary in 1867. He became the minister of the First Congregational Church in Sheboygan, Wisconsin in 1870. Around this time McCulloch married a woman named Alice and they subsequently had five children: Carleton, David, Agnes, Margaret, and Ruth. McCulloch came to Indianapolis in 1877 and headed up the Plymouth Church. He moved the congregation toward a social gospel mission. He would often visit the poor in their homes or institutions, which led him to begin a study of the genetic and environmental factors affecting poverty. In particular, he studied what he called “the Tribe of Ishmael” and published a pamphlet on the subject in 1888. He played a critical role in the evolution of charity in Indianapolis, moving to a more pro-active organized state from its earlier informal iteration. He assisted in the coordination of the Indianapolis Benevolent Society (IBS) and other local charitable organizations, which led to the creation of the Charity Organization Society (COS). McCulloch was president of the COS from 1882 until his death as well as the president of the IBS. McCulloch was also actively involved with the Board of State Charities and the Flower Mission Society. He became president of the National Council of Charities and Correction in 1891. Oscar C. McCulloch passed away on December 10, 1891.
Accumulation and Frequency of Use Note: No further additions are expected.
Subject: Charity Organization Society (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Chicago Theological Seminary.
Charities > Indiana > Indianapolis.
Clergy > Indiana > Diaries.
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
Letter writing > Indiana > Indianapolis.

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