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Indiana Legislative Bureau collection

Identifier: L195

Scope and Contents

This collection includes typed reports from the Indiana Legislative Bureau regarding standing rules and orders for the Indiana General Assembly. The collection also contains state and county finances, and two typed articles: "Titles of Acts and the Passage" and "Taking Effect of Acts and Joint Resolutions in Indiana." Other items include articles written by two directors, John A. Lapp and Charles Kettleborough; bibliographies, lists of laws by subject, lists of laws and amendments, appropriations, information about coal mining, overviews of Indiana, and miscellaneous ranging from 1833 to 1953.

The oversize collection contains the following items: "What is the Constitution of a State"; "What a Constitution May Not Contain"; "History of Indiana's Constitution"; 1917 (2 copies); "The Bill of Rights"; "Rights of Accused"; and "Suffrage", 1917 (2 copies); Criminal Identification Bureau documents, 1926; "Compensation and Basis of Factor" document, 1921; and "Constitutional Amendments Proposed and Adopted Since 1851" document, undated (OBC143).


  • 1833-1953


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.

Administrative History

The Indiana Legislative Bureau was first created in 1907 as the Legislative Reference Department in the Indiana State Library. The bureau was a division until 1939, when it became an independent agency. The purpose of the agency was to assist the Indiana General Assembly by providing members with impartial and accurate information and reports concerning the legislative issues being addressed.


1.06 Cubic Feet (3 manuscript boxes, 1 large oversize folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN

OBC143: Indiana Legislative Bureau oversize collection

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/05/28 by Brent Abercrombie. EAD finding aid created 2015/05/28 by Brent Abercrombie. EAD finding aid revised 2016/08/01 by Edythe Huffman; 2021/11/02 by Lauren Patton.


Indiana Legislative Bureau 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.