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Indiana Museum Society, Inc. collection

 Collection — Folder: S1579
Identifier: S1579

Scope and Contents

This collection has newsletters, memos, a membership form, and a list of people who loaned material to the Indiana State Museum. The first newsletter by President John G. Biel tells about a collection of Indian artifacts donated to the Illinois State Museum because Indiana did not have a state museum. A document dated July 25, 1966, by the Indiana State Parks, gives a summary of collections donated to the state, beginning with David Dale Owen's rock collection about 1859. Civil War flags, swords, guns, and other items were donated by veterans and housed in various locations over the years. On December 10, 1966, people were invited to an advance showing of the Indiana State Museum located in the former Indianapolis City Hall, 202 North Alabama Street. On June 25, 1969, Museum Director R. D. Starrett announced a new gallery for "50 Dolls of Indiana Children." In January 1970, the Museum had 525 members. Membership cost $3.00.


  • 1959-1969

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

Based on the first document in this collection, there was no Indiana State Museum in 1959 when Mrs. Ernest W. Young of South Bend, Indiana, donated her late husband's collection of Indian artifacts to the Illinois State Museum. John G. Biel, president of the Indiana Museum Association bemoaned the fact that Mrs. Young placed the collection in our neighboring state because Indiana lacked a state museum. In 1966, the museum had a permanent home in the former Indianapolis City Hall on the southeast corner of Ohio and Alabama streets.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a transfer from the Indiana Division.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed 2018/9/20 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield.
Indiana Museum Society, Inc. 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.