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Indianapolis Arsenal collection

 Collection — Folder: S2140
Identifier: S2140

Scope and Contents

This collection contains two sets of typewritten transcriptions of U.S. War Department records ranging from 1822 to 1903 that are related to the Indianapolis Arsenal. The records were transcribed for the Indiana State Library in 1926 by Newton D. Mereness. The collection includes a photostat reproduction of the map of Indianapolis (circa 1860s) that was inserted between pages 33 and 34 of the first set and a list of the items found in the War Department records by Mr. Mereness that was added to the beginning of the second set.


  • 1822-1903, 1926

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 1861, Governor Oliver P. Morton established Indiana's first military arsenal to provide munitions for Union troops during the U.S. Civil War. The arsenal was originally located at Colonel Herman Strum's gunpowder factory near the State House in downtown Indianapolis. On July 11, 1862, the Congress of the United States passed an act authorizing the establishment of a national arsenal at Indianapolis for the deposit and repair of arms and other munitions of war. A tract of 75.14 acres of land on the east side of Indianapolis was purchased for $35,500 and the state arsenal was moved there in March 1863. In April 1864, the Indiana Arsenal formally closed munitions work and the federal government took over. The arsenal was maintained by the United States government until 1903. Winona Technical College purchase the property in 1904, but the institute only lasted until 1910. The Indianapolis Public School system took over the property and opened Arsenal Technical High School on the grounds in 1912.


Information found within collection.

Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. “Civil War Arsenal.” Discover Indiana,. Accessed January 21, 2021.

National Park Service. "Arsenal Technical High School." Accessed January 21, 2021.

The Story of Technical High School: Supplement to the Arsenal Cannon. Indianapolis:The Press of Arsenal Technical High School, 1916.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts from Newton D. Mereness, archivist for the conference of State Historical Agencies of the Upper Mississippi Valley on 1926/03/15.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/01/22 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2021/01/22 by Laura Eliason.
Indianapolis Arsenal 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.