Processing Information: Collection processing completed 2006/02 by Julie A. Reid. Finding aid updated 2015/11/16 by Edythe Huffman.
Restrictions on Access Note:
This collection is open for research.
This collection contains ten folders of black and white photos pertaining to the Coleman family. Folder ten contains tintypes. Folder six contains two menus for an event. The majority of the photos are not labeled. Some photos are labeled with first names only. Some photos do include a handwritten note on the front or back of the photo. Many of the photos are formal portraits. There are also many photos taken in a more informal setting, including indoor and outdoor settings. There are some photos that appear to be vacation photos. The subject of the photos is almost exclusively people and not scenery.
Preferred Citation of Described Materials Note:
Coleman Family photographs, 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:
This collection contains photos that pertain to the Coleman family. Sallie E. Downing Coleman (1860-1947) was the daughter of Colonel Michael A. Downing. Downing made money in Denver with Cable Cars and moved to Indianapolis, Indiana where he served as Police Commissioner. Sallie and her first husband John H. Vajen, Jr. had a daughter named Suemma. Suemma married William Avery Atkins and had a son called William Coleman Atkins. When Vajen died Sallie married William Henry Coleman (1848?-1946). Coleman was born in Pennsylvania and grew up in New York. Coleman’s parents were Richard and Mary (Clark) Coleman. Coleman came to Indianapolis in 1880. Coleman was employed by a lumber merchant in New York and owned his own lumber factories in Indianapolis; Terre Haute, Indiana; and Tennessee. Coleman was also involved in making oil barrels for the Standard Oil Company. Beginning in the 1890’s the Colemans lived at 1006 North Meridian Street in Indianapolis. The Colemans were generous supporters of numerous causes and facilities, especially hospitals and the libraries of Butler and Yale Universities. The Colemans were reported to have donated over one million dollars to various causes. Sallie served as a volunteer for the American Red Cross and the Indianapolis Flower Mission. Sallie also served as treasurer of the Board of Lady Managers of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (also known as the St. Louis World’s Fair) in 1904. Sallie died August 30, 1947. Note: Variations of Sallie’s name include Sally D., Sallie D., Sally E., and Sallie E.