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James A. Collins speeches and articles

 Collection — Folder: S0284
Identifier: S0284

Scope and Contents

The collection contains a typescript of an article by James Collins on the origin of the Indianapolis Juvenile Court as well as a number of printed pamphlets of speeches and articles by Collins. All the materials deal with the justice system, primarily the probation system that Collins first instituted in the Indianapolis city court.


  • 1909-1931, undated


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

James Adams Collins was born on October 12, 1870 in Arlington, Massachusetts. His parents were Joseph and Jane (LaVelle) Collins. In 1895, he married Lillie T. Knapp with whom he had two children, John and Elizabeth. That same year he moved to Indianapolis, Indiana where he entered the law office of Griffith and Potts. Prior to this move, Collins worked in Massachusetts and New York.

In 1899, Collins was appointed deputy prosecuting attorney. After two years, he became deputy prosecutor of the Police Court, where he remained for another two years. In 1904, he graduated from the Indianapolis Law School and began practicing at Averill and Collins. He was with the firm until 1909, when he was elected judge of the Indianapolis City Court. While judge of the Police Court, Collins instituted an adult probation system. In 1914, he was elected judge of the Marion County criminal court, a post he maintained for at least three terms. He died on December 4, 1946.


Brown, Paul Donald, ed. Indianapolis Men of Affairs, 1923. Indianapolis: American Biographical Society, 1923.

Monks, Leander J. Courts and Lawyers of Indiana, Volume III. Indianapolis: Federal Publishing Co., 1916.

Thompson, Donald E., comp. Indiana Authors and their Books, 1967-1980. Crawfordsville, IN: Wabash College, 1981.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from the Indiana Historical Bureau on 1931/02/23.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Christina Baich during April 2006. Finding aid revised by Edythe Huffman on 2015/11/13. EAD finding aid completed by Bethany Fiechter 2018/05/11.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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