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Woman's Christian Temperance Union of Indiana record book

 Collection — Volume: V228
Identifier: V228

Scope and Contents

This collection includes the secretary's record book for the Woman's Christian Temperance Union of Indiana. Ranging from 1874 to 1888, the book includes the Union's constitution, executive committee and annual convention minutes, and newspaper clippings regarding the organization. The collection also includes a 1940 pamphlet printed by the National Woman's Christian Temperance Union Department of Literature with instructions regarding the duties of the Directors of Literature in local, district and state Unions.


  • 1874-1888, 1940


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.

Biographical / Historical

The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union of Indiana was organized September 3, 1874 at a convention held in Indianapolis two months before the founding of the National Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU). The first president of the state organization was Zerelda Gray Sanders Wallace, wife of David Wallace, a former governor of Indiana and father of Civil War general and author, Lew Wallace. Mrs. Wallace wrote Indiana’s motto, “The Women of the Nation versus the Liquor Traffic” and members sign the following pledge of the WCTU: “I hereby solemnly promise, God helping me, to abstain from all distilled, fermented, and malt liquors, including wine, beer and cider, and to employ all proper means to discourage the use of and traffic in the same.” Over the years, the organization has championed other causes, including suffrage, kindergartens, child labor, anti-prostitution, and other public health issues. Today, the WCTU and its affiliates continue to train women to “think on their feet, speak in public, and run an organization.”


115th Annual Yearbook of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union of Indiana. [Ind]: Woman’s Christian Temperance Union of Indiana, 1989.

Virginia Commonwealth University. “Woman’s Christian Temperance Union.” Social Welfare History Project. Accessed October 24, 2018.

Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. “Early History.” Accessed October 24, 2018.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 volume)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. Thomas Woods on 1946/08/15.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

S1640: Woman's Christian Temperance Union collection

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2018/10/24 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2018/10/24 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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