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Carl McCulloch church membership

 Collection — Folder: S873
Identifier: S0873

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a Plymouth (Congregational) Church membership form belonging to Carl McCulloch in Indianapolis, Indiana, issued on April 12, 1887 and signed by Reverend Oscar C. McCulloch. The form describes the duties, principles, and activities of Plymouth Church members.


  • 1887

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

Little is known about Carl McCulloch. It is possible he was a relative of Reverend Oscar McCulloch, perhaps even his father, Carleton McCulloch.

Reverend Oscar Carleton McCulloch (1843-1891) became head of Plymouth Congregational Church in 1877 and became an influential proponent of organized charity in Indianapolis, Indiana. His leadership of Plymouth Church fostered his congregation's growing involvement in the social gospel movement, as evidenced by their philanthropic activities in education, employment, and health care. McCulloch served as president of the Indianapolis Benevolent Society (1879-1891) and a creator and president (1882-1891) of the Indianapolis Charity Organization Society, and president of the National Council of Charities and Correction (1891). He used his experience working with poor families, such as the Ishmaels, in Indianapolis to conduct a 10-year study of the environmental and genetic factors affecting poverty. His research among the so-called "tribe of Ishmael," influenced by Social Darwinist theory of the day and Richard L. Dugdale's study of the Jukes family in New York, contributed to the growing body of work supporting the eugenics movement.


Some records.

Forbes, J. Thomas. “Oscar Carleton McCulloch.” In Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1994.

Kramer, Elsa L. "Recasting the Tribe of Ishmael: The Role of Indianapolis’s Nineteenth-Century Poor in Twentieth-Century Eugenics." Indiana Magazine of History 104 (March 2008): 36-64.


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 2014/08/12 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid created 2014/08/12 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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