Scope and Contents
This collection includes photographic prints and optical disks of compiled photographs and motion pictures from the Attica, Indiana Sesquicentennial Committee and city officials in Attica, Indiana ranging from 2015 to 2017, documenting the city's history from the 19th and 20th century and present-day Attica, using maps, photographs, and textual materials, in preparation for the historical display for the sesquicentennial celebration, as well as to be preserved for future generations. There are also photographs of people and events at the Attica Sesquicentennial Celebration during July 1-3, 2016 in Attica, Indiana. Some materials regarding other cities in Fountain County such as Veedersburg and Covington, Indiana and Independence Township, are included in the collection.
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Legal title, copyright, and literary rights resides with the creators of the documents or their legal heirs and assigns. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Attica, Indiana was first platted by George Hollingsworth in 1825. Attica was incorporated as a town in June, 1849 and in 1866, received its city charter and its first mayor, John Gass, was elected. Located on the banks of the Wabash River in Fountain County, Hollingsworth built the only means of crossing the river at that time: a ferry propelled by poles. A covered, wooden wagon bridge was eventually built across the Wabash and later replaced with an iron bridge after the wooden structure was destroyed by a cyclone in 1886. The bridge was replaced multiple times in the 20th century and named the Paul Dresser Bridge, after the Hoosier songwriter.
During the mid-to-late 19th century, business and industry in Attica centered around the Wabash River, which was used to power mills for lumber, flour, and textiles, and later, other manufacturing industries such as factories producing wagons, farm implements, drain tile, pork products, and other items, sprung up following the construction of the Wabash and Erie Canal. The railroad rendered the canal obsolete by 1875 and business suffered. New industries took the place of the old ones, and today, Attica's factories produce parts for heavy earth-moving equipment for road and building construction and electric products like batteries and radio materials.
Items in the collection.
Attica, Indiana. "History of Attica." 2013. Accessed June 7, 2019. https://attica-in.gov/visiting-attica/history-of-attica.
0.1 Cubic Feet (3 folders)
4.43 Gigabytes (2,138 JPEG and video files)