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Indiana Sesquicentennial Manuscript Project collection

Identifier: L209

Scope and Contents

This collection includes originals and copies of letters, account books, diaries, journals, accounts of life in prison, military records, minutes of organizations, regimental histories, reminiscences and memoirs, sermons, and speeches and printed documents such as commencement programs, business and industrial catalogs, broadsides, maps and pamphlets from citizens in Indiana ranging from 1772 to 1967, undated regarding personal and civic life and business activities. Also included are oversize photographs and postcards from the celebration, circa 1967 (B015).


  • 1772-1967, 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 Indiana Sesquicentennial Manuscript Project was conducted and administered by the Indiana State Library in cooperation with the Indiana Sesquicentennial Commission. Cooperating libraries included the Indiana State Library; the Ball State University, Indiana University, Indiana State University, University of Notre Dame and Purdue University Libraries; the Fort Wayne and Indianapolis Public Libraries; and the Indiana Historical Society Library.

Some 60,000 pages of manuscript materials were collected from March 1, 1966 through April 30, 1967 and included personal papers and manuscripts and privately printed documents. Guide to the collection parts I and II were printed in the Indiana Magazine of History, Volume XlIV, June and September, 1968.


"Guide to the Indiana Sesquicentennial Manuscript Project: Part I."


4.03 Cubic Feet (12 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by subject.

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 Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

B015: Indiana Sesquicentennial photographs and postcards

ISLO 977.2 no. 255: Report of the Indiana Sesquicentennial Commission July 1, 1965 through June 30, 1966

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/05/18 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2016/05/18 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid revised 2021/08/25 by Lauren Patton.


Indiana Sesquicentennial Manuscript Project 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.