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James Allison photograph collection

 Collection — Folder: SP052
Identifier: SP052

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photographs from Allison Division and Marian College in Indianapolis, Indiana ranging from 1911 to 1973 regarding James Allison and his mansion, "Riverdale."


  • 1911-1973

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Literary rights, including copyright 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. The publisher must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical Note

James Asbury Allison, born August 11, 1872, was an entrepreneur and businessman in the automobile industry who lived in Indianapolis, Indiana. He founded Prest-O-Lite, an automobile headlight manufacturer, with Carl G. Fisher, and Allison Engine Company, which became the Allison Division of General Motors after his death, and later acquired by Rolls Royce in 1995. Allison was also one of the four founders of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indy 500 race. His home in Indianapolis, which he called "Riverside," is more commonly known today as the Allison Mansion. The historic mansion, built in the Arts and Craft style and designed by architect Herbert Bass, sits on Cold Spring Road where his fellow auto industry leaders also made their homes. Allison died of pneumonia on August 3, 1928 and was buried in Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis, while his home became part of the campus of Marian College.


"James Asbury Allison." Accessed June 10, 2019.

National Park Service. "James Allison Mansion." Accessed June 10, 2019.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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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 2019/06/10 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid created 2019/06/10 by Brittany Kropf.
James Allison 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.