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Knights of Columbus of Indiana collection

Identifier: V573

Scope and Contents

This collection includes six scrapbooks from the Knights of Columbus of Indiana ranging from 1918 May-1920 January regarding World War I war efforts and activities within the organization. Volumes include detailed biographical information of its members, photographs, correspondence, clippings and event programs.


  • 1918 May-1920 Jan.


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

On March 29, 1882, the organization was officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity.

The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.

On June 25, 1899 the first Council #437 was instituted in Indianapolis. By the end of their first decade as an Indiana organization, the Knights of Columbus had a total of 48 Councils and 7,200 members. Following World War II, an expansion period occurred and membership jumped to 2,300 with 69 councils. Currently, the organization has 186 Councils and over 33,000 members.


Knights of Columbus:

Indiana State Council K of C:


1 Cubic Feet (3 manuscript boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by volume number.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a transfer from the Indiana Division in 2013.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/06/14 by Bethany Fiechter. EAD finding aid created 2016/06/14 by Bethany Fiechter.


Knights of Columbus of Indiana collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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