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Mary Studebaker letter

 Collection — Folder: S1492
Identifier: S1492

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a two-page typewritten letter by Mary E. Studebaker of Indianapolis, Indiana to Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Scott of Camp Koch at Troy, Indiana. Dated August 6, 1951, the letter expresses Ms. Studebaker's enjoyment regarding her visit to the camp and offers her ideas and wishes for helping the children. She also inquires about needed donations and offers her admiration for the Scotts and the counselors for the work they were doing at the camp.


  • 1951/08/06


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

Camp Koch, a summer camp for children with disabilities, was situated on a high bluff overlooking the Ohio River near Troy, Indiana. The camp was made possible by Evansville industrialist and philanthropist, Henry F. Koch. Koch donated the property and paid for the construction of the buildings and furnishings and the camp was dedicated and presented to the Indiana Society for Crippled Children in ceremonies on May 15, 1949. The first camps began in June of 1949 and offered children with special needs from Indiana and Northern Kentucky a place to enjoy recreation, crafts, and other activities in a save environment. Camp Koch is not the same as the Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana's residential camp facility, Camp Henry F. Koch, near Cannelton, Indiana.


"Camp Koch, Near Troy, is Nearing Completion." The Daily Herald (Jasper, IN), April 4, 1949.

Biographical Note

Mary E. Studebaker was born on June 19, 1901 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Frank and Julia Studebaker. She was a graduate of Indiana University and was a noted librarian and legal secretary with the Indiana Historical Society. She was a member of several clubs, including the Indianapolis Legal Secretaries Association, the National Genealogical Society, and the Indiana and Marion County historical groups. She passed away at the age of 91 on July 6, 1992.

Sources: "Mary Studebaker." Indiana Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed April 10, 2018.

"Mary Studebaker was Legal Secretary, Librarian with State Historical Society." Indianapolis Star (IN), July 9, 1992.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mary E. Studebaker on 1959/05/04.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2018/04/12 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2018/04/12 by Laura Eliason.
Mary Studebaker letter
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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