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Automobiles in Indiana photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SP002

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photographs of cars and advertisements for the Indiana automobile industry ranging from 1906 to 1965. There are some early clippings and photographs of the height of Indiana manufacturing. There are also some pictures taken in the 1960s that are of early Indiana Cars. The collection also includes some pamphlets and advertisement clippings.


  • 1906-1965

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

Indiana has a rich automobile history. In 1909, Indiana produced the second largest number of automobiles in the country; only Michigan was ahead of the Hoosier State. Indiana car companies mainly chose to refrain from mass production techniques for producing the vehicles. Instead they focused on the “craftsman” method, where they put the cars together one piece at a time. They made cars that were of a very high quality but that tended to be more expensive than the mass-produced vehicles. Hoosier auto production declined with the economic factors of the 1920s and 1930s. Studebaker, the major exception to this decline, continued Indiana production of automobiles until 1963.


0.02 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Item Listing

Folder / Item

Albany Automobile Company storefront, Albany, Indiana, circa 1906-1909; Folder 1, Item 1

Riber-Lewis, begun in Muncie, Indiana and moved to Anderson, Indiana, Photograph of pamphlet, circa 1908-1909; Folder 1, Item 2

The Marmon by the Nordyke and Marmon Company, Indianapolis, Indianaadvertisement, clipping, 1909; Folder 1, Item 3

Motor World, Photograph of clipping, Great Western test car pulling four freight cars, 1911 May 4; Folder 1, Item 4

Elkhart Motor Car Company- photograph of an advertisement for the company and their Sterling car, 1911; Folder 1, Item 5

Lambert Commercial Vehicles- photograph of book page, 1912; Folder 1, Item 6

The Brown Commercial Car Company, Peru, Indiana- photograph of advertisement, 1913 June 18; Folder 1, Item 7

Elkhart, Indiana- photograph of advertisement for the Royal Motor Company in Elkhart, Indiana, 1913; Folder 1, Item 8

Pratt Cars by Elkhart Carriage and Harness Mfg. Company in Elkhart, Indianaadvertisement, clipping, 1913; Folder 1, Item 9

Advertisement Clippings, Nyberg Six, Nyberg Automobile Works, Anderson, Indiana; W.H. McIntyre Co., Auburn, Indiana; Henderson Motor Car Co., Indianapolis, Indiana; The Empire Automobile Company, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1913; Folder 1, Item 10

The Marathon, Herff-Brooks Corporation, Indianapolis, Indiana photograph of advertisement, 1913; Folder 1, Item 11

Marion, Marion Motor Car Company, Indianapolis, Indiana- photograph of advertisement, 1913; Folder 1, Item 12

Real Cycle Car Plant, H. Paul Prigg Co., Converse, Indiana, three photographs of construction and then completion of the plant building, 1914-1915; Folder 1, Item 13

Sun Motor Car Co., Elkhart, Indiana- photograph of advertisement, 1916 ; Folder 1, Item 14

Pathfinder, Indianapolis, Indiana, Ezra Meeker completed the same trip he had done in a covered wagon in this modified vehicle, 1916; Folder 1, Item 15

Madison Models from the Madison Motors Corporation, Anderson, Indianaphotograph of advertisement, 1916; Folder 1, Item 16

Photograph of advertisement in Motor Age for the Crow-Elkhart MultiPowered Car, Crow-Elkhart Motor Company, Elkhart, Indiana, 1917 April 12; Folder 1, Item 17

Service Motor Truck Co., Wabash, Indiana, 1917; Folder 1, Item 18

Davis Catalog, 1917, Chassis Model Six H, Six I and Six K, 1917; Folder 1, Item 19

Advertisement of the Lexington Series “R,” four-passenger, Sportour, Lexington Motor Company, Manufacturers, Connersville, Indiana, clipping, 1918; Folder 1, Item 20

The Huffman Truck, by the Huffman Brothers Motor Company, Elkhart, Indiana- photograph of advertisement in Motor Age, 1919 July 31; Folder 1, Item 21

Pilot, “The Car Ahead” by the Pilot Motor Car Company, Richmond, Indiana advertisement, clipping, 1919; Folder 1, Item 22

Service Motor Truck Co. Monthly Magazine, Wabash, Indiana- photograph of clipping, 1920 January; Folder 1, Item 23

Stutz Plant, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1920 May 11; Folder 1, Item 24

H.C.S. Plant on North Capitol, 1920 September 24; Folder 1, Item 25

Rodefeld Truck, Richmond, Indiana, 1920; Folder 1, Item 26

National Motor Care and Vehicle Corporation, 22nd and Yandes, 1921 May 17; Folder 1, Item 27

Sheridan, four-cylinder, five-passenger touring car, (GMC) Muncie, Indianaphotograph of advertisement, 1921-1922; Folder 1, Item 28

McFarlan, Connersville, Indiana, 1922 July 11; Folder 1, Item 29

Duesenberg Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana- photograph of F.S. Duesenberg and E.L. Cord(?), 1929; Folder 1, Item 30

Duesenberg Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana- photograph of advertisement for convertible roadster, 1929; Folder 1, Item 31

Elcar-120, five-passenger, Princess Sedan, Elcar Motor Company, Elkhart, Indiana- advertisement, 1929; Folder 1, Item 32

Stutz Pak·Age·Car, 1936; Folder 1, Item 33

Pamphlet for Crosley Motors, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio, 1951; Folder 2, Item 34

Indiana Built Auto Emblems- photograph of display, 1963 March 1; Folder 2, Item 35

Avanti, Sports-themed, four-seater by Studebaker, 1963 September 14; Folder 2, Item 36

Reproduction of photograph of the Buckeye Manufacturing Co., Anderson, Indiana; The Lambert Friction Drive, Automobiles and Trucks, 1964 October 19; Folder 2, Item 37

1918 Haynes Cloverleaf Roadster, W.S. Huffman, Ellen Huffman, David; Folder 2, Item 38

Huffman and Phil Huffman, 1964 October 1923 Haynes model, 1964 October; Folder 2, Item 39

1911 Izzer model, 1965 September; Folder 2, Item 40

1911, Lohr Touring Car by the Elmer Motor Car Co., undated; Folder 2, Item 41

Bush, J.C. Andrews, Rhiniebeck, N. Y.; Folder 2, Item 42

Indiana Truck Corporation, Marion, Indiana- photograph of advertisement; Folder 2, Item 43

Plant of the Former Haynes Automobile Company, Kokomo, Indiana- postcard; style photo Folder 2, Item 44

Aerial photograph of the Studebaker Corporation in South Bend, Indiana; Folder 2, Item 45

The Red Bug, manufactured by the American Motor Vehicle Co., Lafayette, Indiana; Folder 2, Item 46

Pamphlet for The Bryan Light Steam Tractor, Bryan Harvester Company, Peru, Indiana; Folder 2, Item 47

The First Quarter Century of Automobiles, 1893-1918- photographs of two magazine pages; Folder 2, Item 48

Bryan Steamer, Peru, Indiana; Folder 2, Item 49

Briggs Bulletin, Vol. 2, No. 15, Briggs Magneto Company, Elkhart, Indiana; Folder 2, Item 50

1920 Kenworthy Touring Car in Harrah’s Auto Collection; Folder 2, Item 51

Wallace S. Huffman, Collector of Radiator Emblems, Hub Caps and Literature (on cars), postcard-style photograph; Folder 2, Item 52

Wallace S. Huffman, Collector of Radiator Emblems, Hub Caps and Literature; Folder 2, Item 53

(on cars), postcard-style photograph 1910 Kirsch, Manufactured by Peter Kirsch, Decatur, Indiana; Folder 2, Item 54

Black Touring Car with red interior and red wheel hubs; Folder 2, Item 55

1910 Kirsch model, mfg. by Peter Kirsch, Decatur, Indiana; Folder 2, Item 56

Processing Information

Collection processing completed and finding aid created in 2004 by Amy C. Belcher. EAD finding aid created 2015/07/29 by Brittany Kropf.
Automobiles in Indiana photographs
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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