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Nature Study Club of Indiana collection

Identifier: L227

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of scrapbooks, newsletters, photographs, minute books, member rosters, programs, and other materials of the Nature Study Club of Indiana from 1911 to 1986, regarding club activities and the study of nature.


  • 1906-1986


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 Nature Study Club of Indiana was founded in 1908 by William Watson Woollen of Indianapolis and was incorporated in 1914. Woollen, best known for his legal writings, was also an avid naturalist. On December 9, 1909, Woollen presented to the city, Woollen's Garden of Birds and Botany, commonly known as Buzzards' Roost and soon after started the Nature Study Club of Indiana. The club was dissolved in December, 1996.

Charter members of the Nature Study Club included prominent Indianapolis citizens of the time such as Judge Robert W. McBride; Rev. Frank Scott Corey Wicks, founder of the All Souls Unitarian Church in Indianapolis; chemist John Newell Hurty; Chauncy Butler, an early minster of the Church of Christ in Indianapolis; James A. Rohbach, former dean of Indiana Law School; Willis Blatchley, Indiana State Geologist, and many others.


5.6 Cubic Feet (9 manuscript boxes, 19 volumes)

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.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 1997 September by Jill Costill. EAD finding aid created 1997 September by Jill Costill. EAD finding aid revised 2004 Elizabeth Wilkinson. EAD findign aid revised 2019/08/06 by Lauren Patton.
Nature Study Club of Indiana 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.