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Automobiles in Indiana photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SP002
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.


0.02 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

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.


This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

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.