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Rufus Martin collection

 Collection — Folder: S1633
Identifier: S1633

Scope and Contents

The collection is composed of three items, including a ribbon showing membership in the Melroy Local No. 145 of the International Brotherhood of Blacksmiths and Helpers, Indianapolis, Indiana. One side of the ribbon shows an anvil and hammer inside a circular mounting attached to a short ivory ribbon with two American flags across its width; both of these are attached to a clasp over which two hands are joined in a handshake. All of the decorations are displayed against the background of a larger ribbon with a field of stripes, red, white, and blue. The reverse side of the ribbon is an "In Memoriam" ribbon in black, against which the I.B.B.H. symbol and identification of the local chapter of the Brotherhood are repeated in silver.

Also in the collection is an envelope for the safe keeping of the ribbon with the manufacturer's name and address (The Whitehead and Hoag Company, Badges...Society Emblems...Newark, N.J.) printed on it. Included, too, is a scrap of paper, from the Deputy Auditor of State, dated October 24, 1888, which comments on an impending election, in part with the words "Hurrah for Harrison." This scrap of paper is the only dated item in the collection.


  • 1888, undated


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 International Brotherhood of Blacksmiths and Helpers had a local chapter in Indianapolis, Indiana:-the Melroy Local No. 145.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by document type.

Custodial History

This collection was purchased for the Rare Books and Manuscripts department by Rufus Martin on 1977/12/21.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2018/05/24 by Jennifer Carter. EAD finding aid created 2018/05/24 by Jennifer Carter.
Rufus Martin 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.