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Woman's Christian Temperance Union, Thorntown, Indiana union collection

 Collection — Folder: S1640
Identifier: S1640

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a scrapbook, an envelope of cancelled checks, and six handwritten notes from a local union of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) in Thorntown, Indiaan, ranging from 1885 to 1892. The scrapbook contains newspaper clippings related to the temperance movement as well as handwritten minutes for various meetings held by the WCTU. The notes relate to insurance payments to the fire company as well as lists of different office expenses.


  • 1885-1892


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 Women’s Christian Temperance Union was formed to abolish the traffic and consumption of alcohol and liquor. The members heavily relied on prayer, persuasion, witnessing and propaganda. This group first appeared in Indiana in March of 1874 and maintained a strong presence in Indianapolis for the next several decades.


Items in the collection.

Bodenhamer, David J. and Robert G. Barrows (eds.). The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1994.


0.05 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 donation from Hoosier Book Shop on 1932/01/15.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2018/08/13 by Abby Currier. EAD finding aid created 2018/08/13 by Abby Currier.
Woman's Christian Temperance Union, Thorntown, Indiana union 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.