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Indiana industries collection

 Collection — Folder: S1599
Identifier: S1599

Scope and Contents

This collection includes two advertising trade cards from Anderson, Fudge & Co. Ladoga Woolen Mills in Ladoga, Indiana circa 1890-1900; a six-page history of the Standard Forging Corporation in 1948; and a letter from A E. St. John of the Federated Metals Division of the American Smelting and Refining Company in New York, New York to Dorothy Riker in Indianapolis, Indiana on October 18, 1949 regarding the history of the company near Chicago.


  • circa 1890-1949

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

Anderson, Fudge & Co. Ladoga Woolen Mills in Ladoga, Indiana produced domestic and fancy yarns, jeans, flannels, and blankets in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The company was owned by J.T. Anderson and P.M. Fudge.

Standard Forging Corporation was incorporated in 1903 and first manufactured tools, machinery parts, and railway car axles. During the Great Depression, the company forged crankshafts for automobiles. During both world wars, the business manufactured parts for railways, automobiles, ships, tanks, and planes as well as parts for guns, bombs, shells, and other weapons.

The Great Western Smelting and Refining Company was founded in 1890 near Chicago. In 1924, the original company combined with several smelters in the eastern United States to form the Federated Metals Corporation. In 1934, the Federated Metals Corporation was absorbed by the American Smelting and Refining Companny and operated as the Federated Metals Division. The midwestern plant was located at 41st and Wallace streets in Chicago, Illinois before moving to 120 Broadway Street, New York, New York.


Items in the collection.


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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

S022: Caleb Anderson papers

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.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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