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Social invitations and cards collection

Identifier: L349

Scope and Contents

This collection includes invitations, calling cards, at home cards, and one dance card, many with the name John W. Blackledge, documenting aspects of social life and events in and around Indianapolis, Indiana, ranging from 1881 to 1923. The materials are diverse, comprising tickets to graduations, wedding announcements, and invitations to teas, dances, dinner parties, weddings, and anniversary parties, among other items. The collection in and around Indianapolis, Indiana.


  • 1881-1923


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 Note

John Wesley Blackledge (1863-1937), son of Dr. Thomas G. and Susan E. Blackledge, received many of the invitations included in this collection. Blackledge was born in Indiana. In 1930, he was living at the Seneca Hotel on East Chestnut Street, Chicago, Illinois. When he donated this collection in March, 1936, Blackledge was living at 1320 North State Street in Chicago. He is buried at Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from John W. Blackledge on 1936/03/14. Some of the materials were transferred from the Indiana State Library on 1932/10/22, and from the Archives on 1962/06/01.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/10/22 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid created 2015/10/22 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid revised 2015/10/29 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.