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Indianapolis Conservatory of Music photograph collection

 Collection — Folder: SP024
Identifier: SP024

Scope and Contents

This collection includes 3 photographs printed on Kodak photo printer paper from the Indianapolis Conservatory of Music in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1918 and undated, which include the 1918 composite class photograph, three young women in front of a building, possibly the conservatory, and a fountain.


  • 1918, undated

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 Conservatory of Music opened in September of 1889 in a new building on Central Avenue in Indianapolis, Indiana. The conservatory moved numerous times during its existence. It was located at 430 North Meridian Street in Indianapolis, Indiana beginning in 1905. Previously located in a 4-story brick structure at 509 North Illinois Street, the school was modeled after European conservatories of the day under the direction of Edgar Moore Cawley. The school offered education in all branches of music, languages, and theatre. Boarding was available for female students. The conservatory relocated to a house (Bert Essex property, 926-940 Middle Drive) in the neighborhood of Woodruff Place in 1917. Hoosier actress and chanteuse Irene Dunne studied at the conservatory, graduating in 1918. The Indianapolis Conservatory of Music operated into the 1960s.


“The Brown County Art Gallery Association.” Brown County Democrat (IN), August 24, 1961, 3.

“The Indianapolis Conservatory of Music.” Indianapolis Journal, June 4, 1889, 5.

“Indianapolis Conservatory of Music.” Indianapolis Journal, July 16, 1903, 7.

“The Indianapolis Conservatory of Music” advertisement. Indianapolis Star, September 8, 1907.

“Madison Young Ladies Are Graduates of the Indianapolis Conservatory of Music,” Madison Courier, June 17, 1918.

Ryan, Jordan. “The 400 Block of North Meridian: The Blacherne, Spink-Arms Hotel and Surray.” October 10, 2012. Accessed April 29, 2019.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2019/02/29 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid created 2019/02/29 by Brittany Kropf.
Indianapolis Conservatory of Music photograph 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.