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Brookville and Metamora Hydraulic Company records

Identifier: L335

Scope and Contents

The collection is composed of the papers of the Brookville and Metamora Hydraulic Company from 1836 to 1944. Documents relating to physical facilities are specifications for locks, canals, surveys, and plats (some blue prints) of canal property. Business papers include a charter, articles of association, stock certificates, minutes of the Brookville and Metamora Hydraulic Company, legal documents pertaining to a court action against the Big Four Railway Company, and affidavit, deeds, contracts, and correspondence. The correspondence relates to issues of land ownership, land use, leasing rights and canal maintenance.

The collection includes 2 oversize folders with company account books, (B010)


  • 1836-1944


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 Brookville and Metamora Hydraulic Company was organized in 1866. According to its charter, the company was formed for the purpose “of constructing, maintaining, and owning a hydraulic power operation and its attendant canals, damn, feeders, water powers, waste weirs and other appurtenances.” The organization was authorized by an act of the General Assembly of the State of Indiana and its affairs were managed by five directors.

The company’s canal ran from the Whitewater Valley Canal, just below Brookville (Franklin County), proceeding north through Brookville to Metamora and then to Laurel, including a dam at Laurel.


0.35 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box, 2 oversize folders)

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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 the Whitewater Canal Association.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

B010: Brookville and Metamora Hydraulic Company account books

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 1999 by Philip N. Williams Finding aid revised 2015/11/09 by Edyth Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2018/05/02 by Lauren Patton. EAD finding aid updated 2021/08/25 by Lauren Patton.
Brookville and Metamora Hydraulic Company records
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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