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World War I, Indiana War Records, Colored Section documents

 Collection — Folder: S0730
Identifier: S0730

Scope and Contents

This collection, authored by Elder Watson Diggs, includes data bearing upon the part in which colored citizens of Indianapolis and Marion County, Indiana took in World War I ranging from 1917 to 1919.


  • 1917-1919


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

Elder Watson Diggs was born on December 23, 1883 in Kentucky. He attended Indiana State Normal School, graduating in 1908. In 1910, he attended Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. While at the University, Diggs founded the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, a predominately African-American organization for students. He graduated from the School of Education in 1916, becoming the first African-American to do so. He served with the 368th Infantry and became a Captain of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps. Diggs died on November 8, 1947 and is buried at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Indianapolis Public School #42, the school where he was a teacher and principal, was changed in his honor to "Elder W. Diggs IPS School #42".


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a transfer from the Indiana Division on 08/02/2017.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2017/08/02 by Bethany Fiechter. EAD finding aid created 2017/08/02 by Bethany Fiechter.
World War I, Indiana War Records, Colored Section documents
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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