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Indiana state emblems collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S2354

Scope and Contents

This collection contains various items ranging from 1923 to 1982 and undated regarding the state emblems of Indiana, including postcards with the state flag and state flower, pamphlets about the state emblems published by the Indiana Historical Bureau, and reproduced images of the peony and tulip tree. The collection also includes a circa 1976 pamphlet about the state seal from the Secretary of State's office that was printed in conjunction with the United States Bicentennial Celebration; undated images printed on photographic paper of the U.S. Bicentennial coin for Indiana and the Indiana seal; a print of a photograph taken of a wood block carved to show the Indiana seal that was made for the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia; undated stickers of the state seal; several gold foil stickers of the state seal, including one attached to the letterhead of Homer L. Cook, Indiana Secretary of State (circa 1915) and one attached to the letterhead of Governor Edgar D. Whitcomb (circa 1970); and three sheets of paper with reproduced images of the state seal and a 19th century Indiana flag with the pioneer scene from the state seal depicted in the middle of the flag from circa 1903.


  • circa 1903-1982, 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

On December 11, 1816, U.S. President James Madison signed an act of Congress admitting Indiana into the Union as the 19th state. Indiana's flag was designed by Paul Hadley and was adopted by the 1917 General Assembly as part of the commemoration of the state's 1916 centennial celebration. The state's seal depicts a pioneer scene and can be found on official territorial papers as early as 1801. Other emblems adopted by the Indiana General Assembly are the peony as the state flower, the tulip tree as the state tree, and the cardinal as the state bird.


0.02 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as donations and transferred from photograph collection in 2018/08.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/06/08 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/06/08 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid revised 2022/11/16 by Laura Eliason.
Indiana state emblems 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.