The Ebenezer Lane Papers contain materials relating to Lane and his son, also named Ebenezer. The papers of the father (1811-1859) document his career as an attorney and judge, with materials including financial records, legal documents, letterbooks, and notes on law cases. The collection also includes letterbooks and account books relating to Lane's interests in railroad expansion. A travel diary is also included. The papers of the younger Lane (circa 1836-circa 1887) contain a diary kept while attending Kenyon College; medical school notebooks; and miscellaneous reports, invitations, announcements, and clippings relating to the Calumet Club in Chicago. The collection also includes clippings and a catalog relating to Lane's interest as a collector of rare books, manuscripts, and autographs.
The collection is comprised of two series: Series I: Ebenezer Lane, 1793-1866; and Series II: Ebenezer Lane, 1821-1881.