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Indianapolis Chain and Stamping Company ledgers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: V191

Scope and Contents

This collection includes three ledgers from the Indianapolis Chain and Stamping Company. The first ledger includes invoices from September 1898-June 1899, the second from July 1899-December 1900, the third from November 1904-March 1905. Supply invoices from Clemens Vonnegut Hardware, Machinery and Tools, Tanner and Sullivan Tinner Suppliers, William B. Binford Engravers, Zaiser-Cathcart Company Seals and Rubber Stamps, as well as Crescent Steel Company can be found within the ledgers among others.

Two letters to L.M. Wainwright, Manager of the Diamond Chain Factory from R.B. Cary, Auditor of the Federal Manufacturing Company in Elyria, Ohio (August 18, 1904 and December 23, 1904) and one letter to R.B. Cary from an unknown Diamond Chain Factory employeee (October 12, 1904) are also included.


  • 1898-1904


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

The Indianapolis Chain and Stamping Company was founded in 1890 by Arthur C. Newby, Edward C. Fletcher and Glenn Howe to manufacture bicycle chains. By 1895, a factory was built on the site of the former Hoosier Dome, South Capitol Avenue, now the Convention Center. In 1903, their chains were used for the first flying machine in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. In 1904, L.M. Wainwright of Noblesville, Indiana bought the company and renamed it the Diamond Chain and Manufacturing Company. In 1917, he built a factory on Kentucky Avenue and West Street. The building continues to serve as the company's headquarters. In 1950, the Diamond Chain and Manufacturing Company became Amsted Industries. Amsted Industries primarily serves the railroad, vehicular, construction and building markets.


Bodenhamer, David J., et al. The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. Indiana University Press, 1994.

Amsted Industries website: Accessed on September 12, 2019.


2 Cubic Feet (3 volumes)

Language of Materials



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 and finding aid completed by Bethany Fiechter on 2019/09/12.
Indianapolis Chain and Stamping Company ledgers
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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