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"The offices of the [state] auditor and treasurer at the corner of [southwest Washington and Tennessee streets], circa 1840s-1850s

 Item — Box: 6, Object: 9

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 historical description: "The little brick house [?] lacked on [?] the books and [?]. And was used by my older borther as a shoe makers shop in the latter 60s"; "used it as a 'safe' place for storing their fine leather"; "Provision was made by the legislature for the erection of this substantial brick house at the corner of Wash and Tenn St in 1825 and this was to contain the offices of the Auditor and Treasurer of State. In 1867 this bldg was torn[?] away and the supreme court bldg was erected in this corner. remaned here about 40 years. I think the last treasurer to occupy this house was Royal Mayhern[?] in latter 40s, whose term expired in early 50s. Since then the house - S.W. cor Wash and Tenn St."


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.