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World War I, Indianapolis photographs, 1917-1927

 File — Folder: SP032-03

Scope and Contents

From the Collection: This collection includes photographs from Harry H. Coburn in Indianapolis and Greenfield, Indiana ranging from 1913 to 1927, regarding the impact of the 1913 flood on the White River and the surrounding areas, such as Riverside Park, near downtown Indianapolis; James Whitcomb Riley attending his final birthday celebration at the Murat Theatre in Indianapolis (October 7, 1915) and the parade at the the Riley celebration in Greenfield, Indiana (October, 1925); and events in Indianapolis during and related to World War I (1917-1927).

The World War I images are stills from the film Coburn made of various events including, army training for soldiers at Fort Harrison, including calisthenics, map reading, grenade throwing, and marching; several parades and bond drives as well as visits from Theodore Roosevelt, Will H. Hays, and French officials; Welcome Home Day celebrations on May 7, 1919; and the cornerstone laying for the World War Memorial on July 4, 1927, attended by General John Pershing.

Note the photographs of the Riley parade floats are incorrectly dated November, 1918, which was when the Riley statue erected in front of the Hancock County Courthouse was unveiled. The depicted floats are from a parade in October, 1925, and were listed in the local newspaper, The Daily Reporter.


  • 1913-1927

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.


From the Collection: 0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.