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Indianapolis Dramatic Society collection

 Collection — Folder: S1598
Identifier: S1598

Scope and Contents

This collection contains five pages of handwritten notes from the Indianapolis Dramatic Society in Indianapolis, Indiana ranging from 1872 to 1873 including the articles of association written on November 19, 1872 and the original 22 members. There is also information concerning three plays the club performed, the major parts, and the dates and locations.


  • 1872-1873


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 Indianapolis Dramatic Society wrote their articles of association on November 19, 1872, forming their club for "the purpose of reading, rehearsing and playing comedies and dramtic plays for mutual improvement and entertainement." The club originally comprised 10 women and 12 men. In 1873, the society put on three plays: Poor Pillicody, Married Life, and Betsy Baker. The Indianapolis Dramatic Society suspended operations in 1878 when Austin H. Brown departed to organize a dramatic club for the Scottish Rite.


Items in the collection.

Draegert, "Cultural History of Indianapolis: The Theater, 1880-1890." Indiana Magazine of History 52, no. 1 (1956): 21-48. Accessed May 10, 2016.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged numerically by page number.

Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/03/31 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid created 2016/03/31 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid revised 2016/05/10 by Brittany Kropf.
Indianapolis Dramatic Society 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.