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Conner Prairie Farm photographs

 Collection — Folder: SP063
Identifier: SP063

Scope and Contents

This collection includes 6 photographs from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana circa 1964 depicting images of Conner Prairie Farm in Fishers, Indiana, including William Conner's log cabin and trading post, house built in 1823, and individuals associated with the farm or college at the site: Opal Thornburg (Earlham College), Steve Anshutz (Earlham College), and Tillman Bubenzer (farm manager).


  • circa 1964


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.

Administrative History

Conner Praire Farm, once the property and home of pioneer William Conner, was purchased by Eli Lilly circa 1933-1934. Lilly restored the house and made the house a locus for historical re-enactment, opening it to visitors. The farm was managed by Venn H. Fisher until his death in 1942, when Tillman Bubenzer served as manager until 1977. In 1964, Lilly transferred the property into a charitable trust and appointed Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana as trustee, also donating 1,371 acres of surrounding land to use for a museum. This led to the site's current incarnation as a living history museum known simply as Conner Prairie. The museum became an independent entity following a dispute between the museum board of directors and Earlham College in 2003, which necessitated intervention of the Indiana attorney general. Conner Prairie joined the Smithsonian Affliiations program in 2009.


Items in the collection.

Conner Prairie. "Our Prairie Began in a Cabin Down by the White River." Conner Prairie. Accessed November 4, 2019.

"Conner Prairie Manager Passes Away at Florida Resort." Berkshire News 7 (May 1942): 15.

Duck, Berkley W. Twightlight at Conner Prairie: The Creation, Betrayal, and Rescue of a Museum. Lanham, MD: Rowman Altamira, 2011.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2019/11/04 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid created 2019/11/04 by Brittany Kropf.


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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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