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Indiana State Grange collection

Identifier: L290

Scope and Contents

This collection includes meeting minutes, constitutions and bylas, record books, financial records, and other documents from the Indiana State Grange and a few local Granges in Indiana and other Granges in Ohio, ranging from 1869 to 2015 and undated, regarding organizational history, membership, finances, and activities.

There are also four record books and two account books ranging from 1869 to 1951 (V186).


  • 1869-2015


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.

Administrative History

The National Order of Patrons of Husbandry, commonly known as The Grange, was founded on December 4, 1867 in Washington, D.C. by seven men and a female assistant who was later named as an honorary 8th founder. The Grange is a fraternal organization that encourages families to band together to promote the economic and political well-being of the community. It is also an agricultural advocacy group with a national scope, and it is credited with the establishment of rural free mail delivery. Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman, as well as artist Norman Rockwell, were members.

The National Grange headquarters was dedicated on June 29, 1960 in Washington, D.C. In 2024, it is the only private building on the National Mall.

Indiana has a number of local (community or subordinate) Granges, which form county level Granges, which then form a state Grange. Indiana's 2016 State Master (President) resided in Brookston, Indiana.


Items in the collection.

National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry. "Our Roots." The National Grange. 2022. Accessed February 16, 2024.

"Indiana State Grange-Patrons of Husbandry Inc. in Brookston, Indiana." Non-Profit Facts. Accessed September 23, 2016.

Wikipedia. "National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry." Accessed September 23, 2016.


2.6 Cubic Feet (2 manuscript boxes, 6 volumes)

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This collection is arranged by subject and format.

Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Indiana Division, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

ISLI 630.6 I385G: Annual session of the Indiana State Grange

ISLI 630.6 I385g: Proceedings of the ...annual session of the Indiana State Grange, Patrons of Husbandry

ISLI 630.6 I385g: Annual session of the Indiana State Grange, Patrons of Husbandry

ISLI 630.6 I385g: Journal of proceedings

ISLI 630.6 I385g: Synopsis of proceedings of the ...annual session of the Indiana State Grange, Patrons of Husbandry

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 1999/02/09 by Phil N. Williams. EAD finding aid created 2016/09/26 by Edythe Huffman. Collection reprocessed 2024/02/16 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid revised 2024/02/16 by Brittany Kropf.


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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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