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Allisonville School, Marion County, Indiana, Knapp School Libraries Project collection

 Collection — Folder: S2219
Identifier: S2219

Scope and Contents

This collection contains material ranging from 1963 to 1967 and undated that was received by Indiana State Librarian Robert McClarren while he served on the resource committee for the Knapp School Libraries Project at Allisonville School in Washington Township, Marion County, Indiana. The material includes correspondence, programs, meeting minutes, reports, blank assessment sheets and other items related to the library project. The collection also includes publications and promotional materials from the Knapp Foundation and the American Association of School Librarians.


  • 1963-1967, 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

Washington Township is located in the northern part of Marion County, Indiana and the Metropolitan School District of Washington Township was formed in 1955. Allisonville School is one of the elementary schools in the district and it opened its doors to its first students in September 1960. In April 1964, the school was selected to be a Knapp School Libraries Project Demostration Center and received a $100,000 grant. The grant money was used to enlarge the library, hire two full-time librarians, and purchase more books, film strips and recordings. Ball State University served as Allisonville School's cooperating teacher education institution during the project. The purpose of the program was "to demonstrate the educational value of a full program of school library services."


Information found within collection.

"School Library to Expand." Indianapolis News (IN), April 15, 1964.


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 as a donation from Robert McClaren.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 1998 by Andrea Bean Hough. EAD finding aid created 2021/07/30 by Laura Eliason.
Allisonville School, Marion County, Indiana, Knapp School Libraries Project collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.