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Indiana charities collection

 Collection — Folder: S2233
Identifier: S2233

Scope and Contents

This collection includes reports about the various homes and charitable institutions in Indiana under the care of women that were not under the patronage of the Indiana General Assembly. Written in 1876, the reports were prepared for the Centennial Exposition held in Philadelphia by the following institutions: German Protestant Orphans' Home, Indianapolis; Colored Orphan Asylum, Indianapolis; Indianapolis Home for Friendless Women; Indianapolis Orphan Asylum; Indiana Soldiers' Orphans' Home, Knightstown; Ladies' Benevolent Society, Richmond; Morrison Relief Association of Richmond; Little Girls' Industrial School, Richmond; Richmond Home for the Friendless; Evansville Orphan Asylum; Ladies Aid Society, Terre Haute; Old Ladies Home, New Albany; Industrial School, Aurora; Logansport Orphans' Home; and the Woman's Christian Temperance Union of Indiana. The collection also includes newspaper clippings regarding the Orphan's Home of Kokomo, the Lafayette Home for Friendless Women and Children, and The Indianapolis Female Bible Society.


  • 1876

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

On May 10, 1876, the Centennial International Exposition of Industry opened in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It was the first "World's Fair" to be held in the United States and featured international pavilions, technological innovations and American natural resources. The Ladies Centennial Committee of Indiana prepared and forwarded to the exposition photographs and histories of the state's various charitable institutions that were to be added to the display in the Women's Pavilion that highlighted women's benevolent work across the globe.


"Indiana's Charities. The Exclusive Benevolent Work of the State Under the Care of Women." Indianapolis Journal (IN), May 13, 1876.

Library of Congress. "Philadelphia's World Fair: topics in Chronicling America." Research guides. Accessed September 13, 2021.

Pfeuffer-Scherer, Dolores. "Remembrance and the American Revolution: Women and the 1876 Centennial Exhibition." PhD diss., Temple University, 2016. Accessed September 13, 2021.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/09/13 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2021/09/13 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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