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David Munson papers 1838-1913

Munson, David, 1820-1907 creator (Author).
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Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI L114 (Text) 1141001-10041 Manuscripts Available -

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  • Physical Description: 0.6 Cubic feet 2 manuscript boxes

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General Note: Processing Information: Collection processing completed 2015/12/31 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2015/12/31 by Edythe Huffman.
Restrictions on Access Note: This collection is open for research.
Summary, etc.: This collection includes autographed and signed correspondence, newspaper advertising, newspaper articles, photographs, invoices, and award ribbons from various sources in Indiana and elsewhere ranging from 1838-1913 regarding the Munson Lightning Rod, advertising, the Munson family and business accounts.
Preferred Citation of Described Materials Note: David Munson papers, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Note: Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Biographical or Historical Data: David R. Munson was born in New Jersey in 1820 [1828?]. He was married to Isabella Ralston Johnston in Marion, Indiana on Feb. 6, 1849, shortly after he moved to Indiana. They had four sons; William G., David R., Alvin J. and Samuel A. He invented the Munson lightning conductor (an improvement over Benjamin Franklin's original lightning rod), patenting more than 100 different rods and fixtures, and founded the Munson Lightning Conductor Company in 1850 in Indianapolis, Indiana. At one time the company was located at 220 E. Washington St. Munson died at the age of 87 after a fall during the installation of a lightning rod in Curtisville, Indiana. He is buried next to his wife, who died in 1901, in the Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis.Information found within the collection. "Inventor Munson dead". Indianapolis Sun 04 April 1907:10. Retrieved 2015/12/31. http://access.newspaperarchive.com.us.indiana/indianapolis/indianapolis-sun/1907/04-04/page10"Munson, David". 1880 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2015/12/31. http://search.ancestrylibrary.com"Munson, David". Find a Grave Memorial. Retrieved 2015/12/31. http://www.findagrave.com"Munson, David". Indiana, Index to Select Marriages, 1780-1992. Retrieved 2015/12/31. http://search.ancestrylibrary.com"Munson, Isabella Ralston". Find a Grave Memorial. Retrieved 2015/12/31. http://www.findagrave.com
Ownership and Custodial History: This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Gladys Munson Wurzburg on 1941/08/15 and 1942/08/06.
Accumulation and Frequency of Use Note: No further additions are expected.
Subject: Munson family.
Munson Lightning Conductor Company (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Lightning conductors.
Indianapolis (Ind.)
Genre: Correspondence
Photographs
Scrapbooks.

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