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May Wright Sewall Indiana Council of Women collection

Identifier: L430

Scope and Contents

This collection includes clippings, correspondence, minutes, yearbooks, two photographs, and other documents from the May Wright Sewall Indiana Council of Women ranging from 1927 to 1988 regarding the organizations activities, bylaws, meetings, and those of other affiliates. Notable items include an invitation from Indiana Governor Henry F. Schricker to the launching of Battleship U.S.S. Indiana in 1941, an invitation from the Indiana War Finance Committee to a state-wide luncheon in 1943, and a pamphlet of Indiana authors from 1816 to 1966.


  • 1927-1988


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 May Wright Sewell Indiana Council of Women, or The Indiana Council of Women, was organized in 1921 by the local women's councils of Bloomington, Anderson, Huntington, Indianapolis, and Kokomo. It served as an umbrella organization for the various women's clubs and organizations in Indianapolis and throughout Indiana. It is considered an independent member of the National Council of Women. Its purpose was "to interest all women in the state of Indiana in constructive work, united effort and cooperation in vital projects in the state; to provide opportunity for conferences on questions relating to public welfare, thereby uniting forces to work for larger national needs; to cooperate with the National and International Councils of Women in worth-while projects, in education, cultural, religion, patriotic and ethical movements." Past presidents included Mrs. Claude Franklin, Mrs. E.W. Cowley, Mrs. Rose Marie Cruzan, and Mrs. Lowell Fisher.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

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

L516: Indianapolis Council of Women Collection, 1892-2000

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/10/26 by Kori Nell. EAD finding aid created 2016/10/26 by Kori Nell. EAD finding aid updated 2016/11/07 by Lauren Patton.
May Wright Sewall Indiana Council of Women 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.