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Charles H. Black papers

 Collection — Folder: S124
Identifier: S0124

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a compilation from newspaper articles and letters from various authors in Indiana ranging from 1917 to 1939 regarding Charles H. Black and the automobile he built.


  • 1917-1939

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Charles H. Black was born at Hagerstown, Indiana on October 5, 1852. His parents moved to Indianapolis shortly thereafter and he grew up and continued living in Indianapolis. He married Mary Z. in 1880 and they had one child, Viola Ann. He began working with wagons, buggies and carriages after he finished high school. By the early 1890s the C. H. Black Manufacturing Company was the city's foremost carriage maker. He perfected a gasoline car in 1891. He died on August 19, 1918. As of 1939, the automobile which he drove around Indianapolis and other cities, was donated by his daughter and housed at the Indianapolis Children's Museum.

Information found within collection.

"Black, Charles H." "1880 United States Federal Census." Retrieved 03/03/2014.

"Black, Charles H." " 1900 United States Federal Census." Retrieved 03/03/2014.

Furlong, Patrick J. (1994). Black, Charles H. In The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. (pp. 323-4). Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. ISLI 977.201 M341Ien


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/03/03 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2014/03/03 by Edythe Huffman.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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