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Liberty Bell in Indianapolis photographs

 Collection — Folder: SP102
Identifier: SP102

Scope and Contents

This collection includes 2 black-and-white photographs taken in Indianapolis, Indiana when the trains bearing the Liberty Bell stopped in the city in April, 1893 on the way to the Chicago World's Fair, and again in 1904 on the way to the St. Louis World's Fair.


  • 1893 April; 1904 November

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 Liberty Bell was brought by train to Indianapolis, Indiana and displayed on its way from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Chicago, Illinois for the World's Fair in April, 1893. The bell hung from a wooden frame that was mounted to an open railway car with railings. The bell was guarded by 4 Philadelphia police officers and accompanied by a committee led by Philadelphia's mayor, as well as members of that city's press. Large, somewhat unruly crowds came to view the bell in Indianapolis and thronged downtown, clogging the roads around the Indiana Statehouse.

The bell returned to Indianapolis 13 years later on its way to the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis, Missouri. It was paraded through the streets on street car tracks on the evening of November 17, 1904, seen by an estimated 100,000 spectators. The next day, crowds of school children, dismissed from school for the day, viewed the bell at Traction Terminal Station before it continued on its journey that morning.


"Thousands Cheer the Old Liberty Bell." Indianapolis Morning Star, November 18, 1904, 1.

"To Parade Liberty Bell." Indianapolis Morning Star, November 10, 1904, 8.

"Tongue of Liberty." Indianapolis News, April 27, 1893, 2.


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 2021/11/02 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid created 2021/11/02 by Brittany Kropf.
Liberty Bell in Indianapolis 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.