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General Note:
Processing Information: Collection processing completed 2021/12/10 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2021/12/09 by Laura Eliason.
Restrictions on Access Note:
This collection is open for research.
Summary, etc.:
This collection contains correspondence sent to Miss Fannie Gardner, including an October 1892 letter from The Embalmer publication regarding women embalmers, several letters she received in 1896 regarding her election as president of the Indiana State Funeral Directors' Association, a February 9, 1898 letter from George Wagoner of St. Louis asking about her experience using "Uptimum Embalming Fluid," and a September 28, 1898 letter from the United States School of Embalming. Other items in the collection include a copy of the booklet Report of the Proceedings of the Indiana State Funeral Directors' Association, Held in Indianapolis, May 18, 19 and 20, 1897 ; an August 1899 letter sent by E. (Emma) Inveen Upcraft, a missionary in Yachow, China, that was sent in the envelope addressed to Miss Sara B. Clarke of Vincennes, Indiana; a recommedation letter written on behalf of Miss Gardner by Will D. Nash of Denver, Colorado dated March 7, 1900; and an official form for the National Funeral Directors' Association certifying Gardner's credentials to attend the annual meeting in Portland, Oregon that was signed and dated by the national president and secretary on July 17, 1909.
Preferred Citation of Described Materials Note:
Fannie Gardner 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:
Frances Dorcas "Fannie" Gardner was born April 27, 1876 in Vincennes, Indiana to Dexter and Amanda (Johns) Gardner. Her family operated a funeral home in Vincennes and in 1892, following attendance at a school of embalming at Richmond, Indiana, she passed her examination and was considered at the time to be the youngest female embalmer in the United States. In 1896, she was elected president of the Indiana Funeral Directors' Association, the first woman to be elected to the office of any state funeral directors' association. Gardner worked in Denver Colorado for a few years then moved to Knoxville, Tennessee and went into parnership with Mr. J. H. Sammons under the firm name of Gardner, Sammons and Co. in 1904. Gardner died of Bright's disease on October 31, 1913 and was buried in Greenlawn Cemetery in Vincennes. Sources: Information found within collection. "Frances Dorcas Gardner." Tennessee, U.S., City Death Records, 1872-1923. Accessed December 9, 2021. "Died Friday at Knoxville: Miss Fannie Gardner Passed Away After Brief Illness - Remains to be Brought Here." Vincennes Commercial (IN), November 1, 1913. Accessed December 9, 2021. "Frances Dorcas "Fannie" Gardner." Find A Grave Memorial. Accessed December 9, 2021. "Funeral Directors Leave. Elect a Woman for President - Other Officers Selected." Indianapolis Journal (IN), May 22, 1896. Accessed December 9, 2021. "New Enterprise an Innovation: A Lady Who Embalms the Dead Has Permanently Located in Knoxville." Knoxville Sentinel (TN), November 26, 1904. Accessed December 9, 2021. "Suprised Her." Richmond Item (IN), June 7, 1892. Accessed December 9, 2021.
Ownership and Custodial History:
This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Harrison M. Townsley on 1949/08/29.
Accumulation and Frequency of Use Note:
No further additions are expected.
Subject: Indiana Funeral Directors' Association.
Funeral homes > Indiana.
Undertakers and undertaking > Indiana.
Undertakers and undertaking > United States > Societies and clubs.
Genre: Correspondence.

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