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Marion County, Indiana history drawing prints

 Collection — Folder: S2571
Identifier: S2571

Scope and Contents

This collection includes 35 undated prints of drawings put from an unknown artist depicting scenes and places in the Indianapolis and Marion County history, which are as follows:

1. Two pioneer hunters where Fall Creek meets White River (1800s) 2. Four riders on horses with covered wagon on trail (mid-1800s) 3. Surveying the new state capitol (1820) 4. Four men meeting about planning of Indianapolis (1820-1821) 5. Governor Jennings and wife on horseback going to Washington, D.C. (ca. 1816) 6. Auctioning lots in Indianapolis (1820s) 7. First mail carrier on horseback to capitol in wilderness (ca. 1820s) 8. Woman digging a hole by a rose bush (mid-1800s) 9. Woman and child at covered bridge over White River, Old Wilderness Trail (?) (1800s) 10. First Presbyterian Church, Pennsylvania and Market streets (1820s) 11. Monument Circle (1830) 12. Pogue's covered bridge (1835) 13. Circus in Indianapolis, clown and elephants (1800s) 14. Winter street scene with people on the way to a Christmas party (1800s) 15. Lincoln speaking at Bates House (1859-1861) 16. Man and boy in front of decorated Statehouse where Lincoln's body lay in state (1865) 17. Mule-drawn Massachusetts and College Avenue street car (1865) 18. Butler University in Old Irvington (1877) 19. Miss Lydia Putnam thrown out of Irvington school - 3 men manhandling a female teacher in a classroom (1877) 20. Old Marion County Courthouse (1877) 21. Two students in front of Shortridge High School (ca. 1870) 22. Street scene with Tomlinson Hall during a reunion or convention (late 1800s) 23. Seizure of man (Bullet?) from train onplatform 24. Man lighting gas street lamp (1880s) 25. Benjamin Harrison's home (late 1800s) 26. Firefighter with engine at Bowen-Merrill fire (1890) 27. Large factory complex with smoke stacks 28. Indianapolis Art Institute (1900) 29. Indianapolis Motor Speedway (1900s) 30. World War I parade in Monument Circle (1917-1918) 31. Indianapolis centennial river pageant (1920) 32. Indiana War Memorial (ca. 1926) 33. Indiana War Memorial (ca. 1926) 34. "Spirit of 1943" - a soldier, a businessman, and a mechanic or repairman walking before a waving American flag 35. Two coeds at Butler University (1960s)


  • 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

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, following the acquisition of the New Purchase in the 1818 Treaty of St. Mary's. Marion County has nine townships and has the largest population the 92 counties in Indiana.


State of Indiana. "My Local: Marion County." Accessed February 10, 2024.

Marion County Historical Society. "History of Indianapolis and Marion County: Timeline." Accessed February 10, 2024.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Collection is arranged chronologically by event.

Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2024/02/10 by A.J. Chrapliwy. EAD finding aid created on 2024/02/12 by A.J. Chrapliwy. EAD finding aid revised 2024/03/22 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.