|| Processing Information: Collection processing and finding aid completed 2015/09/24 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield.
|Restrictions on Access Note:
|| This collection is open for research.
|| These six boxes contain the collection of notes, correspondence, and documents which Roy F. McNabney gathered. Mr. McNabney intended to publish a book on the history of the United States Postal Service.
|Preferred Citation of Described Materials Note:
|| Roy F. McNabney collection, 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:
|| On April 13, 1972, the Times Democrat in Davenport, Iowa, published an article entitled "Davenport's Living History Book" by Jim Arpy. The article tells about Roy F. McNabney, 93 years old in 1972, who was the historian for the Davenport Public Museum. He spent his boyhood in Hampton, Illinois, and was living in Moline in 1884. In 1915, Roy became chief of the records department at Palmer School. Mr. McNabney married Marie Heinz in 1904. She died in 1948. He collected information on the mail and stage routes from 1672, because he planned to write a history of the U.S. postal service. This massive project occupied him for 35 years. Roy said: "It's a hobby that fascinated me. I have close to 1,000 pages now, all ready to be edited... I've worked like a slave on it, tracing the postal service through Ben Franklin, Paul Revere, the British, the stage coach routes, a mountain of information and countless hours of research."
|Ownership and Custodial History:
|| This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.
|Accumulation and Frequency of Use Note:
|| No further additions are expected.