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Richardson Printing Company collection

Identifier: L370

Scope and Contents

This collection includes samples of paper, envelopes, and commercially printed items (including letterhead, envelopes, blotters, tickets, business cards, flyers, invoices, labels, placemats, programs, a box for headache tablets, and tags); printer's layouts and designs; printer's blocks, and samples of ink and fabric from the Richardson Printing Company in Indianapolis, Indiana ranging from 1918 to 1974 regarding advertising and the printing trade.


  • 1918-1974


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 Richardson Printing Company, of Indianapolis, Indiana, was started by Charles Michael Richardson, who was born June 26, 1880 to Hiram V. and Anna Elizabeth (Stumpf) Richardson. He was the oldest of three, including May C. and Hester A. Charles was graduated from Emmerich Manual Training High School and had been involved with the printing business since graduation. He married Harriet G. Carr on April 16, 1930 in Marion County, Indiana. Charles owned the printing company for 30 years at the time of his death, on July 19, 1948. He is buried in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis. The company was managed by Claude E. and Robert E. Yates until it was liquidated in 1974.

Sources: "Charles Michael Richardson." Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed November 21, 2016. "Harriet Carr." Marion County, Indiana, Marriage Index, 1925-2012. Accessed November 21, 2016.

"Charles M. Richardson." Indianapolis Star, July 20, 1948, p. 11, c. 5. "Charles Michael Richardson." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed November 21, 2016.

Research conducted by Noraleen Young, reference librarian at the Indiana State Library, January 1988.


6.6 Cubic Feet (20 manuscript boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Glen Stuart on 1976/04/22.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2017/02/06 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2017/02/06 by Edythe Huffman.
Richardson Printing Company 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.