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Indianapolis Motor Speedway memorabilia

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S3331

Scope and Contents

This collection includes several Indianapolis Motor Speedway programs (1959-2011), a 5-piece collector's pin set (2000), a complimentary ticket to the IMS Hall of Fame Museum, two tickets to the Coors Light Carb Day (May 22, 2015), an IMS schedule of events for May 2015 and tickets to the 1981 and 1995 race.


  • 1959-2015


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 Indianapolis 500 is one of the world's most famous motor racing events. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) was built by Carl Fisher and the first races took place in 1909. In 1911, Fisher announced his plans for a new 500 mile race to be run on the 2.5 mile oval racetrack. The first Indianapolis 500, also known as the Indy 500, took place on May 30, 1911 and was won by Ray Harroun. For many years the Indy 500 was the only race run at the IMS, but that changed on August 6,1994 with the inaugural running of the NASCAR cup series race, the Brickyard 400. Since then, other motorsports have taken place at the Speedway, including IROC and Formula One races, but IMS continues to be the home of the Indy 500, "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing."


Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "Indy 500 Traditions and FAQs." Accessed March 6, 2018.

Jess, Michael, Dawn Mitchell, and Curt Cavin. 100 Years, 500 Miles: A History of the Indianapolis 500 by the Photographers and Writers Who Have Chronicled the Race for The Indianapolis Star Since 1911. Battle Ground, WA: Pediment Publishing, 2016.


0.02 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Bethany Fiechter on 2017/10/28 and a transfer from the Program Collection during May 2018.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2018/03/06 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2018/03/06 by Laura Eliason.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway memorabilia
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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