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Marion County, Indiana collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S2365

Scope and Contents

This collection contains various items related to Marion County, Indiana ranging from 1867 to 1990. The collection is organized into several categories Folder 1 includes churches and religion, colleges and institutions, government buildings, Indianapolis buildings, and manufacturing. Folder 2 contains advertisements and letterheads, clubs and organizations, Foster Hall, Indianapolis homes, Indianapolis scenes, and miscellaneous. Much of the collection consists of prints, advertisements and other images of various buildings located in the county.

Other items include cards with biographical information regarding the Most Reverend George J. Biskup and the Right Reverend Francis H. Gavisk; a program for the twenty-fifth anniversary of the First Presbyterian Church held on April 5, 1910; a 1969/1970 tri-fold pocket calendar of sporting events for Indiana Central College; a card from Elmer E. Taflinger's studio with his handwritten signature; a clipping of a sketch of the festival of the German Singing Bund of North America at Indianapolis by J. J. Grafton that was printed in the September 28, 1867 edition of Harper's Weekly; items related to Foster Hall, a building that housed Josiah K. Lilly's collection of Stephen Collins Foster memorabilia; prints of Alois E. Sinks's drawings of scenes of Indianapolis and Marion County from circa 1870s; an 1888 Indianapolis souvenir booklet; and a copy of a certificate from the June 1985 convention of the Indiana State Numismatic Association with the reproduced image of an 1853 stock certificate of the Covington and Danville Plank Road Co.


  • 1867-1990

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

Marion County, Indiana was organized in 1821 and named after Revolutionary War General Francis Marion. Indianapolis is the county seat and was also founded in 1821 to be the state capital. The area was selected by the state commissioners due to its central location in the state and for its flat ground and proximity to the White River. Marion County has nine townships and has the largest population of all the 92 counties in Indiana.


Dalton, William D. "Marion County." Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. Accessed June 22, 2022.

State of Indiana. "My Local: Marion County." Accessed June 22, 2022.

Marion County Historical Society. "History of Indianapolis and Marion County: Timeline." Accessed June 22, 2022.


0.02 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as donations from Mrs. Charles Dennis in 1919, Mrs. J. H. Holliday on 1922/03/21, Miss Mary Nicholson on 1926/03/24, George S. Cottman on 1930/05/27, Lynn M. Brown on 1932/04/14, the Henry K. English estate on 1939/10/09, and others.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/06/22 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/06/22 by Laura Eliason.
Marion County, Indiana 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.