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Citizens School Committee history

 Collection — Folder: S2430
Identifier: S2430

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a typewritten copy of "Brief History of the Citizens School Committee of Indianapolis, Indiana." Compiled by Fred Bates Johnson and Edgar H. Evans on February 9, 1944, the history is four pages long and covers the time from its founding in 1921 through the 1942 elections. The history lists both the officers of the committee and the candidates supported in each election, and also mentions the influence of the Ku Klux Klan on the school board from 1926 to 1930.


  • 1944/02/09

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 Citizens School Committee was formed in 1921 by residents of Indianapolis, Indiana who were "appalled at the waste and extravagance" of the Board of School Commissioners and wanted a more business-like approach to providing educational facilities and equal learning opportunities for the children of the community. The committee sponsored candidates for school commissioner who supported the committee's platform for improving the city schools. In 1935, the Citizens School Committee was registered under Indiana law.


Information found within collection.

"Former High Rank for Schools, Plan: Citizens Committee Formed and Five Board Candidates Indorsed [sic] for Election Nov. 8." Indianapolis News (IN), October 25, 1921.


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 Edgar H. Evans on 1945/02/22.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/09/22 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/09/22 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.