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Indiana Academy of Science collection

Identifier: L203

Scope and Contents

This collection includes minute books; membership lists; miscellaneous documents; contracts and letters from the Indiana Academy of Science ranging from 1885 to 1921 regarding the organization.


  • 1885-1921


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 Brookville Society of Natural History of 1881 was the forerunner of the Indiana Academy of Science, which was incorporated in Indiana on December 21, 1887. The first volume of the Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science, published in 1892, covered the 1885-1891 activities. This volume and the 1893 and 1894 volumes were financed by individual and business contributions and printed in Terre Haute. A plan to seek state aid for publication was launched in 1890 and was approved in March of 1895.

The academy originally provided for a librarian in its first constitution of December 29, 1885. In 189,8 a tentative agreement between the Academy and the Indiana State Library gave custody of academy materials to the state library although they remained Academy property. As a member of the Academy Library Committee, John S. Wright played a prominent part in making the arrangement and providing financial help. Later, in 1899, the academy acquired the library of the Brookville Society of Natural History and investigated having the entire collection cataloged by the State Library. An initial academy/state library agreement was further revised in 1905 and 1907. The 1907 agreement remains in effect today. Essentially, the current agreement provides that in return for housing and maintaining the academy collection, the state library will have use of the material. Also, the agreement stipulates that the state library will use exchange copies of Academy publications to build the Academy's collection, and that the state library will pay for non-member distribution of Proceedings.


Indiana Academy of Science. "The Indiana Academy of Science." Accessed March 21, 2016.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/03/21 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2016/03/21 by Edythe Huffman.
Indiana Academy of Science 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.