Dunn, Jacob Piatt, 1855-1924

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Jacob Piatt Dunn was a prominent journalist, historian, and political figure as well as Secretary of the Indiana Historical Society from 1886 until his death in 1924. He practiced law in Indianapolis for three years then moved to Colorado where he started writing for newspapers. He returned to Indianapolis in 1884 to practice law. He did so for four years until taking a job with the Indianapolis Journal. He later worked for three other local newspapers. He is best known for writing several books about Indiana history.

From the description of Jacob Piatt Dunn collection, 1812-1955. (Indiana Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 437996399

Dunn was the Librarian of the Indiana State Library.

From the description of Letters concerning deposit of government documents, 1892. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 64054440

Editorial writer for the Indiana Sentinel, 1893-1904; Indiana state librarian, 1889-1893; Indianapolis city controller, 1904-1906, 1914-1916; and author of works on Indiana and Indian history.

In 1913, while president of the Public Library Commission of Indiana, Dunn attempted to organize a society for the preservation of Indian languages. This society was to undertake as its first publication a translation into modern Miami and English of the Peoria-French dictionary and texts attributed to Father Le Boulanger.

From the description of Letters : Indianapolis, Ind., to Edward Everett Ayer, [Chicago, Ill.], 1913 Feb. 7-12. (Newberry Library). WorldCat record id: 36966409

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creatorOf Dunn, Jacob Piatt, 1855-1924. Letters : Indianapolis, Ind., to Edward Everett Ayer, [Chicago, Ill.], 1913 Feb. 7-12. Newberry Library
referencedIn Records of District Courts of the United States. 1685 - 2009. Examination Reports on Attorney Applications for Admission to Practice before the Federal Courts
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company contracts, 1831-1979 (inclusive) 1880-1940 (bulk). Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
referencedIn Henry Hamilton papers, 1768-1933. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
referencedIn Thomas M. Cooley Papers, 1850-1898 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Dunn, Jacob Piatt, 1855-1924. Letters concerning deposit of government documents, 1892. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Dunn, Caroline. Collection, ca. 1870-1992. Indiana Historical Society Library
creatorOf Jacob Piatt Dunn : [collection] : 1879-1917 ;. History Colorado
referencedIn Smith, Delavan, 1861-1922. Papers, 1868-1921, bulk 1879-1913. Indiana Historical Society Library
creatorOf Dunn, Jacob Piatt, 1855-1924. Jacob Piatt Dunn collection, 1812-1955. Indiana Historical Society Library
creatorOf Cooley, Thomas McIntyre, 1824-1898. Thomas McIntyre Cooley papers, 1850-1898. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Cooley, Thomas McIntyre, 1824-1898. Thomas McIntyre Cooley papers, 1850-1898. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Gilfillan, J. A. (Joseph Alexander), 1838-1913. Joseph A. Gilfillan and family papers, 1872-1940. Minnesota Historical Society Library
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correspondedWith Ayer, Edward Everett, 1841-1927 person
associatedWith Cooley, Thomas McIntyre, 1824-1898. person
associatedWith Dunn, Caroline. person
associatedWith Dunn, Charolette. person
associatedWith Dunn family. family
associatedWith Dunn, George, 1819-1853. person
associatedWith Dunn, Isaac, 1785-1870. person
associatedWith Dunn, Jacob, 1811-1890. person
associatedWith Dunn, John. person
associatedWith Edward E. Ayer Manuscript Collection (Newberry Library) corporateBody
associatedWith Gilfillan, J. A. (Joseph Alexander), 1838-1913. person
associatedWith Hamilton, Henry, d. 1796 person
associatedWith Hispaniola Mining Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Houghton Mifflin Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Indiana Historical Society. corporateBody
associatedWith Jones, Aquilla, 1836-1888. person
associatedWith Jones, Flora. person
associatedWith Le Boulanger, Jean Baptiste, 1685-1740. person
associatedWith Newberry Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Nicholson, Meredith, 1866-1947. person
associatedWith Smith, Delavan, 1861-1922. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Indiana--Indianapolis
Indiana--Politics and government
Indiana
United States
Middle West
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Indians of North America--Languages
Politicians
Manuscripts, American
Acquisition of scientific publications
Journalists
Historians
Government publications--Law and legislation
Miami language (Ind. and Okla.)--Translating--History--20th century--Sources
Peoria Indians--Languages--Translating--History--20th century--Sources
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Birth 1855-04-12

Death 1924-06-06

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