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Marion County Courthouse collection

 Collection — Folder: S2672
Identifier: S2672

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a November 12, 1822 contract between James Paxton and Johh E. Baker, architects of the first courthouse in Marion County, Indiana, and Samuel McGeorge. McGeorge was to be paid $1,850 for “all the stone work of every kind and description” and the contract has detailed measurements and instructions for how the stone work was to be completed. The document was signed by Paxton, Baker, McGeorge, Wilkes Reagan, and Hervey Bates.


  • 1822/11/12

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

Marion County, Indiana was established by the State Legislature on December 31, 1821. The first county officers were elected in April 1822 and in August of that year, the newly elected board advertised for bids for the construction of a courthouse. The contract was awarded to James Paxton and John E. Baker for $13, 996 and construction was to begin by April 1, 1823. Completed in 1825, the building was also used as the State House until a new capitol building was completed in 1835. The brick and frame building was torn down in 1870 to make room for the construction of a new and much larger courthouse.


Sulgrove, B.R. History of Indianapolis and Marion County, Indiana. Philadelphia: L.H. Everts & Co., 1884.

Zeigler, Connie J. "City-County Buildings." In The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis, edited by David J. Bodenhamer and Robert G. Barrows, 429-430. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1994.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection contains of one item.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscipts as a transfer from the Indiana Division on 1932/10/04


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2019/09/17 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2019/09/17 by Laura Eliason.
Marion County Courthouse 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.