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Indiana Department of Conservation manuscript

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S2046

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a manuscript about the early history of the area that became Turkey Run State Park in Parke County, Indiana (circa 1940s). Topics covered include the area's topography and geology; the history of the Native Americans who inhabited Indiana, both pre-historic and those that lived in the area prior to and during its conquest by the Spanish, French, English and Americans; Parke County pioneer history; and the story of Salmon Lusk and his family. There are also two earlier drafts of the section about the Native Americans. The author is not identified, but the bulk of the early draft pages were typed on the back of Frank N. Wallace's Indiana Department of Conservation stationary. The backs of Department of Public Works Conservation Department letterhead with Governor M. Clifford Townsend listed as a board member were also used and one unused page of the Conservation Department's letterhead with Governor Paul V. McNutt listed as board member is included as well. A copy of the manuscript is also available in the Parke County collection (L304).


  • circa 1940s

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

In 1919, Indiana Governor James P. Goodrich signed a bill into law creating the Department of Conservation. Col. Richard Lieber served as its first director and he oversaw five divisions: Geology, Entomology, Foresty, Land and Waters, and Fish and Game. In 1965, the Natural Resources Act was passed by the General Assembly and signed by Governor Roger D. Branigin, creating the Deparmtent of Natural Resources (DNR).

Parke County, located in western Indiana, was organized in 1821 and named for Indiana territory delegate Benjamin Parke. Turkey Run State Park, located in northern Parke County, became the state's second state park in 1916.


Indiana Department of Natural Resources. "DNR History." Accessed October 23, 2020.

Indiana Department of Natural Resources. "What We Do." Accessed October 23, 2020.

Parke "About Parke County." Accessed October 24, 2020.


0.03 Cubic Feet (3 folders)

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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 in 1998 by Philip N. Williams. EAD finding aid created 2020/10/24 by Laura Eliason.
Indiana Department of Conservation manuscript
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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