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Horse Thief Detective Association collection

Identifier: L202

Scope and Contents

This collection contains receipt books (1892-1929, 1931-1933), roll call book of members (1914-1932), a certificate of appointment to a constable, payment cards for dues, a metal sign, and a petition for constable powers from the Horse Thief Detective Association of Warren Township in Marion County, Indiana ranging from 1892 to 1933.


  • 1858-1933


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

The Horse Thief Detective Association was a vigilante group active in many Indiana towns and counties from the early 1850s through the 1920s. During the 1920s, it became associated with the Ku Klux Klan.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Walter E. Shearer and W. S. Askren on 1961/11/29.


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:

V190: Warren Township Horse Thief Detective Association minutes

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2012 December by Sarah Pfundstein. EAD finding aid created 2012 December by Sarah Pfundstein.
Horse Thief Detective Association 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.