Processing Information: Collection processing completed 2006/04 by Benjamin Clark. Finding aid updated 2015/11/16 by Bethany Fiechter.
Restrictions on Access Note:
This collection is open for research.
This collection contains the patent certificates for Peter and Maggie Frentz.
Preferred Citation of Described Materials Note:
Frentz Patents, 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:
Peter Frentz, born circa 1830 in France, was a stencil cutter by trade in New Albany, Indiana. He married Elizabeth Bernker in 1851. In 1854, Peter and Elizabeth had a daughter named Margaret, who at the age of fifteen was granted a patent for an improvement made to corset fastening. Peter Frentz was granted patents for improvements made to wash boilers and for inventing a device for carrying hoses.