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Fountain Park Chautauqua collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S2522

Scope and Contents

This collection contains documents from the Fountain Park Chautauqua, including correspondence (1941-1945), lists of subscribers and pledges (1942-1945, undated), a June 16, 1944 edition of The Remington Press, and the program from the 1998 assembly.

There are also 3 record books (V328) of the Fountain Park Chautauqua, including the stockholders and board of directors meeting minutes (1904-1943) and books kept by the organization’s historians containing written accounts of assembly meetings, schedules, programs, tickets, and newspaper clippings (1900-1981).


  • 1900-1998


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.

Biographical / Historical

The Chautauqua movement began in 1874 in Chautauqua, New York when Methodist minister John H. Vincent established a training camp for Sunday school teachers. The success of theses early assemblies led to the establishment of other Chautauquas across the country, expanding beyond religious teaching to offer a variety of educational and cultural programs. The movement continued to grow and reached its peak in the 1920s before the Great Depression caused many Chautauquas to fail. Fountain Park Chautauqua near Remington, Indiana was the dream of local bank president Robert Parker. He purchased the park’s land in 1893 and built a tabernacle and restaurant on the site prior to the first assembly held there in 1895. More permanent buildings have been added over the years, including cottages, a summer hotel, and art buildings. Fountain Park is one of the only Chautauquas in the country that has remained in continuous existence since its establishment and continues to promote the concepts and values of the early movement. Sources: Fountain Park Chautauqua. “History of Fountain Park Chautauqua.” Accessed December 6, 2018.


1.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder, 3 volumes)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Fountain Park Chautauqua, Inc. on 1998/07/16.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2018/12/06 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2018/12/06 by Laura Eliason.
Fountain Park Chautauqua 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.