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George Rogers Clark Memorial collection

 Collection — Folder: S2180
Identifier: S2180

Scope and Contents

This collection contains several items regarding George Rogers Clark and the George Rogers Clark Memorial located in Vincennes, Indiana, including two copies of the list of contents in the cornerstone of the Memorial Building that was sealed on September 3, 1933; two copies of the pamphlet George Rogers Clark: The Neglected Hero of the American Revolution from 1927; photographs taken by L.B. Read in March 1941 of five of the seven murals in the Memorial; 2 postcards of "Surrender of Fort Sackville" and one postcard with image of George Rogers Clark statue on Monument Circle in Indianapolis; and a copy of George Rogers Clark State Memorial, a pamphlet printed by the Indiana Department of Conservations circa 1940s. Other items in the collection include the booklet Famous Paintings of the American Revolution, copyrighted in 1926 and later distributed as a souvenir of the Washington Bicentennial; an image of a George Rogers Clark mural painted by George Gray along with a description of the mural by Bayless Hardin of the Kentucky State Historical Society from July 20, 1939; the article "General George Rogers Clark: His Desperate Campaign for Kentucky Conquered on Empire" by Hambleton Tapp and printed in Summer 1941 edition of In Kentucky, a publication of the Commonwealth of Kentucky; and photographs and clippings of portraits of Clark, his statues, and the capture of Fort Sackville.


  • 1926-1941, 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

George Rogers Clark (1752-1818) is remembered as the heroic Revolutionary War commander who led a small force of frontiersmen that captured the British-held Fort Sackville at Vincennes in February 1779. Clark’s capture of Fort Sackville and other British forts in the Ohio and Mississippi River valleys weakened British claims in the Northwest Territory and ultimately led to the cession of these lands to the United States at the Treaty of Paris in 1783. The George Rogers Clark Memorial was built in Vincennes, Indiana on the site believed to be the location of Fort Sackville and was dedicated in June 1936. It later became a National Historical Park in 1966.


Information within collection.

National Park Service. "George Rogers Clark National Historical Park." Accessed July 6, 2021.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

Items in this collection were received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as donations from the George Rogers Clark Sesquicentennial Commission in 1933/09 and 1942/04; State Printing Board on 1930/01/11; Kentucky Historical Society on 1939/08/10; The Indiana Historical Bureau om 1930/05/26 and from Charles M. Reagan on 1935/07/22; and as a purchase from R.E. Banta on 1933/07/05.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/07/06 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2021/07/06 by Laura Eliason.
George Rogers Clark Memorial 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.