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Theodore Stempfel collection

 Collection — Folder: S1246
Identifier: S1246

Scope and Contents

This collection comprises a 42-page manuscript written by Theodore Stempfel circa 1935 regarding the two German sculptors, Karl Bitter and Rudolf Schwarz, the creators of the Indiana Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument in Indianapolis, Indiana, whom he knew personally. Eberhard Reichmann edited this manuscript for publication in 2002 for publication on the 100th anniversary of the monument's dedication.


  • circa 1935


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

Rudolf Schwarz (1866-1912) and Karl Theodore Francis Bitter (1867-1915) were German sculptors who created the statues on the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Monument CIrcle in Indianapolis, Indiana. Karl deserted from the Austrian Army and came to New York in 1889. In 1896, Rudolf Schwarz married Anna Alexander and they lived in Indianapolis. Schwarz died in Indianapolis in April, 1912. Bitter died on April 20, 1915 after being hit by a speeding car in New York City.

Theodore Stempfel (1862-1935) is the author of this article entitled "Artist's Life, Rudolf Schwarz and Karl Bitter." Stempfel met Karl Bitter when he returned to Indianapolis in 1910. Stempfel likewise knew Rudolf Schwarz until his death two years later.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is organized numerically by page number.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a records transfer on 1936/07/01.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2017/02/02 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid created 2017/02/02 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid revised 2017/02/27 by Brittany Kropf.
Theodore Stempfel collection
Nikki Stoddard Schofield
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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