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World War II Memorial collection

Identifier: L306

Scope and Contents

This collection contains bidding documents and statistical information about the construction of the World War II Memorial in Indianapolis, Indiana, ranging from 1997 to 1998, as well as information about the soldiers and units from Indiana who fought in that war from 1941 to 1945. There is information about medal of honor winners, about men buried in Europe, and ideas which people sent for inclusion in the Memorial.

The collection includes architectural drawings ranging from 1997 to 1998 (OBE007).


  • 1997-1998

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.

Historical Note

The World War II Memorial is located in the American Legion Mall in downtown Indianapolis, directly north of the Korean Memorial which was dedicated in May 1996. R. W. Sweeney, executive director of the Indiana War Memorials Commission, received ideas and recommendations from people for the planned memorial. The design accepted was by local architect Patrick Brunner.

The memorial consists of a half-circle of granite and limestone, 18 1/3 feet in diameter, and a freestanding column, which lists the order of campaigns and major theaters and operations of WWII. The convex side of the semi-circle contains a brief history of the war with special attention to Hoosier Medal of Honor recipients and distinguished Hoosier units. The concave side features excerpts from letters written and sent home by Hoosier World War II veterans.


Indiana War Memorials Foundation. "World War II Memorial." Indiana War Memorials Foundation. Accessed November 24, 2021.

State of Indiana. "World War II Memorial." Indiana War Memorials Home. Accessed November 24, 2021.


0.45 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box, 1 extra-large oversize folder)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Jennifer Born on 1998/07/27.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 1998 by J.C. EAD finding aid created 2015/11/05 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid revised 2021/11/23 by Lauren Patton; 2021/11/24 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.