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[Washington Street bridge over canal from south basin and what might have been] drawing and note, circa 1840ss

 Item — Box: 6, Object: 3

Scope and Contents

From the Collection: This collection includes correspondence, pencil drawings, negatives, 35mm slides, and family photographs from Christian Schrader in Indianapolis, Indiana ranging from circa 1842 to 1987, regarding Schrader’s family, friends, and early Indianapolis. Schrader includes rough dates for the subjects he depicts in the drawings, but many of them were created from his recollections later in life. There are also oversize drawings (OBE017).

Negatives are available for most of the drawings. In 1962, Robert A. Twente created 8 x 10-inch glossy photographic prints of Schrader’s drawings, courtesy of Eli Lilly. These photographic prints depict selected drawings, reproduced in color. There are also a few 35mm slides.

Most drawings have a number assigned to them which corresponds to their reproductions in the book, Indianapolis Remembered: Christian Schrader's Sketches of Early Indianapolis (1987). The photographs of the drawings (circa 1962) are labelled and organized numerically. Many of the drawings have additional handwritten descriptions by the artist about the history or Schrader's thoughts. Any dates he provided were used in the collection inventory, although the drawings themselves may have been created or completed at an unknown later date.


  • 1842-1987

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Historical Note

Additional handwritten description: "This is what might have been, but Railroads awoke the dreamers"; "Push this under the edge of the Cover Bridge"; "This canal bridge was one square west of our state house, it crossed the canal that is now Missouri St. and was built in the latter 30s or when digging the ditch had passed this point. This was the only safe method of travel and shipping in those days. Railroads were not even thought of. The masons that built the locks one square north, also done the stone work in this bridge. Another drawing shows the docks or landings for freight and passengers as proposed. On the east side of the canal 'only' a harbor or basin as it was then called occupied each side of the approach to the bridge, and each was over a hundred feet square."


From the Collection: 9 Cubic Feet (2 manuscript boxes, 6 large oversize boxes, 5 medium oversize boxes, 1 extra -arge oversize 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.