Annual Meeting for Friends of the Indiana State Archives

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Annual Meeting on Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Prof. Wendy Gamber will be the featured speaker at the twenty-seventh Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Indiana State Archives on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, in the Indiana State Library (315 West Ohio Street).  She will discuss her latest book, The Notorious Mrs. Clem: Murder and Money in the Gilded Age (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016).

Long known as the Cold Spring Murders, which occurred shortly after the Civil War in Indianapolis, at the center of the case was a woman active in business.  Authorities charged her with murder.  A woman in business?  A woman on trial for murder?  A shocked America followed the series of trials with rapt attention.  Using records in the Indiana State Archives among other sources, Prof. Gamber unravels the mystery that still surrounds the trials, and examines how gender roles, politics, and business intertwined in the postwar Gilded Age.

Wendy Gamber is the Robert F. Byrnes Professor in History at Indiana University, Bloomington, and the author of three books: The Female Economy: The Millinery and Dressmaking Trades, 1860-1930; The Boardinghouse in Nineteenth-Century America; and, most recently, The Notorious Mrs. Clem: Murder and Money in the Gilded Age (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016), which was selected as an “Editor’s Choice” by the New York Times Book Review.

Copies of her latest book will be available for sale at the meeting.

A buffet luncheon and brief Friends business meeting will precede the presentation.  The luncheon and meeting will begin at noon.  The price of the luncheon is $16.00, payable at the door, but you must reserve a lunch in advance.  Please call Barb Wood at 317-313-6561 or e-mail b.wood [at] by April 6 for reservations. Checks should be made payable to FISA. Individuals may attend the talk at no cost.

Come and join in celebrating this year’s accomplishments of the Friends!

For directions and information about parking, visit the State Library’s website at