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Vincennes Public Library scrapbook

 Collection — Folder: SP121
Identifier: SP121

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a scrapbook containing photographs, clippings, and postcards from the Vincennes Public Library in Vincennes, Indiana ranging from 1928 to 1930 regarding local and library events, displays, parade floats, and library programs such as book week and summer reading.

One of the photographs shows one of two little girls wearing blackface. They are dressed up as the characters Topsy and Eva from the titular vaudeville play and 1927 film, based loosely on Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin.


  • 1928-1930


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 only Collegiate Gothic style Carnegie library in the state, the original library was dedicated to the public in 1919. Winner of the 2015 Regional Preservation Award from Indiana Landmarks, this building is the hub of the library campus. Because of the philanthropy of Andrew Carnegie and permanent tax support from local citizens, the library proudly shines as a beacon of enlightenment. Community is the heart of the Knox County Public Library. A wealth of programs, services and materials for people of all ages and walks of life are available here. For demonstrating remarkable public services and programs to its community, Knox County Public Library was the recipient of the Indiana Historical Society 2012 Outstanding Historical Organization Award.

"Established in 1889 on the second floor of Vincennes City Hall, this library has played a major role in the community’s educational and cultural development. With funding from philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, the Collegiate Gothic style library building was dedicated in 1919. A modern addition was dedicated in 1976 and it became the Knox County Public Library in 1978. The library’s mission is to meet the informational, educational and cultural needs of the community."

Excerpt from: Knox County Public Library. "About Knox County Public Library." Accessed November 16, 2021.


0.03 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.

Historical Context Note

The Indiana State Library strives to provide extensive access to our diverse collections, in person and online. Materials within these collections appear as they were originally published or created and may include content that that some viewers find offensive or objectionable. These materials are preserved and presented to provide a true historical representation of their time and should be viewed in the context in which they were created.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/11/16 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid created 2021/11/16 by Brittany Kropf.
Vincennes Public Library scrapbook
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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