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State house collection

 Collection — Folder: S2108
Identifier: S2108

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a copy of an article "Plans for a State House, For the State of Indiana" from a newspaper in possession of Kenneth Loucks regarding plans for a State House. Also included are various black and white and color illustrations of the building's exterior.


  • 1930, undated

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 Indiana Statehouse houses the seats of Government for the State of Indiana. This historical building, completed in 1888, is home to all executive offices, the Indiana State Senate, the Indiana House of Representatives, and the Indiana State Supreme Court, among others. The four-floors of the Statehouse also contain both the House and Senate Chambers.

The story of the Indiana Statehouse begins to Indianapolis's south, in Vincennes, the Indiana territory's first seat of government. As westward-bound settlers and supplies started to arrive in the territory via the Ohio River, territorial government was moved to Corydon, a short distance away.

Indiana became a state on December 11, 1816; Corydon remained the seat of government. The original Statehouse, a 40-foot-square building, was made of Indiana limestone and still stands.

As more roads were built and settlement moved northward, a centrally located seat of government was needed. In January 1821 a site was selected and the city of Indianapolis was founded.

While the Statehouse location has remained fixed since 1835, the original building no longer stands. The Statehouse in use today replaced it in 1888. One hundred years later, in 1988, the Statehouse was extensively renovated.

Excerpt from: "The Statehouse Story" Indiana Department of Administration:


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as donation from Kenneth Loucks on 1930/11/07.


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

S2108: State House S2566: Paul A. Davis, State Capitol copper roof tiles

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/03/28 by Danielle Adams. EAD finding aid created 2014/03/28 by Danielle Adams.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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