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Mooresville Public Library collection

 Collection — Folder: S2347
Identifier: S2347

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photostat copies of the records of the Hovey Institute and Workingmen's Library Association of Mooresville, Indiana. Ranging from July 1855 to June 1857, the records include the constitution, bylaws, and meeting minutes of the society. The collection also includes a copy of the book plate page, which mentions that the record book was presented to the Mooresville Public Library by Mrs. India Likely on January 26, 1916.


  • 1855-1857, 1916


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 Hovey Institute and Workingman's Library Association was established in Mooresville, Indiana on July 14, 1855 with 79 members. Organized as a subscription library, each member agreed to donate two or more books and each paid a 50 cent membership fee. First located in a tailor shop, the library was later moved into the Holman Johnson Building on Main Street. Within a few years books began to go missing and the remaining volumes were moved to the local school to safeguard the collection before the library was eventually closed.

The Mooresville Public Library was established in 1912 and received a grant in 1913 from the Carnegie Corporation to construct the library's building, which was formally dedicated in January 1916.


Information found within collection.

Buckley, William and Diane Huerkamp. "The History of Mooresville Public Library." Mooresville Public Library, May 6, 2012.


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.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/05/19 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/05/19 by Laura Eliason.
Mooresville Public Library 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.