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Arsenal Technical High School collection

 Collection — Folder: S1822
Identifier: S1822

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the commencement announcement for the Arsenal Technical High School class of 1980.


  • 1980


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.

Historical Note

The history of Arsenal Technical High School begins with the federal Arsenal set up during the Civil War on a 76-acre site north and east of the center of Indianapolis. This Arsenal was abandoned in 1903. In 1904 an institution called Winona Technical Institute was set up on the Arsenal grounds. By 1909, the technical institute was completely insolvent. There was some litigation about ownership and control of the grounds. At this time the city had two high schools: Shortridge, an academic high school, founded in 1863; and Emmerich Manual Training High School, which had opened in 1895, the offshoot of vocational courses offered at Shortridge after 1889. By 1912 both Shortridge and Manual High Schools were overcrowded, and a new school was set up using the grounds and buildings at the Arsenal. The school began with 183 students, of whom 122 graduated. Courses were offered in printing, machine shop practice, auto construction, agriculture, electricity, and salesmanship. Along with the technical courses there were college preparatory academic courses, and it was possible to take a straight academic course load. By 1916 the student body had grown to two thousand. Arsenal Technical High School has remained on the same grounds, with new buildings and a much larger student body and essentially the same mission.


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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Lois Morris on 1980/06/02.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2004/11/19 by Lucinda Barnhart. EAD finding aid created 2015/08/03 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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