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New Albany steamboats collection

 Collection — Folder: S0349
Identifier: S0349

Scope and Contents

This collection includes undated documents and articles from different authors in Indiana regarding the history of steamboats, such as the Natchez, and their contstruction in New Albany, Indiana.


  • 1807-1929

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.

Historical Note

The industry of building steamboats in New Albany, Indiana, began with the invention of the steam boat by Robert Fulton in 1807. The first steamboat went down the Ohio River in 1811. New Albany was founded in 1813 by the Scribner brothers. In 1818, two steamboats were built there along Silver Creek. From 1830 to 1856, the steamboat building industry grew steadily. In 1853, New Albany was the largest town in Indiana, but began to decline. Most of the townspeople depended on the boat building trade. During the period from 1818 to 1867, when the last boat was built, there were more than 350 boats constructed in New Albany.


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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014 January by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid created 2014 January by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid revised 2018/05/01 by Brittany Kropf.
New Albany steamboats collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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