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Zig Zag Cycle Club collection

Identifier: L218

Scope and Contents

The records include club minutes (1895–1896), register of members, copy of the Zig Zag Cycle Club’s proposed legislation on improving state roads, letters, two issues of Bicycle World (1897), clippings, and pictures from the Zig Zag Cycle Club ranging from 1895 to 1897.


  • 1895-1897


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 Zig Zag Cycle Club was a social cycling club from 1890 to 1896. The original club meeting was held at the Hay and Willits Bicycle Shop located on Washington St. opposite the Statehouse with roughly a dozen members present. The club, which was a member of the nation League of American Wheelman, promoted bicycle outings and races, provided social activities for cyclists, and lobbied on behalf of better roads. At the club’s height, the Zig Zag Cycle Club had nearly 200 members, but popularity quickly dwindled and the club disbanded in 1896.


Indianapolis News, February 7, 1931.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. Phil Kerg on 1942/05/09.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2011 August by Brent Abercrombie. EAD finding aid created 2011 August by Brent Abercrombie.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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