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[South side of Washington Street from the alley east to Tennessee Street] drawing, circa 1840s-1920

 Item — Box: 6, Object: 10

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: "Your drawing shows this half square looking from north west. This drawing shows some looking from the norhteast, do you notice it. This is self recollection of the house on the corner Tenes. St. entrance for I know they allways used that entrance, and wanted to shoe the house more complete. Your drawing is correct from your view point, and my recollection of Nicolai house. the portico so near the fence just room for a person to walk through and a terrific long swap of the roof to the street. Your drawing lost all its proportions as you said, and just for been. I give you my idea of your house with the locust trees in the yard, but not room to put them all in this small picture. will correct any perspective in my next drawing"; "cor W.O. Rookwood 50s"; "later Supreme Court bldg."


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.