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Frederick Polley collection

Identifier: L438

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photocopies of sketches and sketch reproductions by Frederick Polley in Indiana ranging from 1923 to 1946.


  • 1923-1946

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 Note

Frederick Polley was born in Union City, Indiana in 1873. He was a student at Corcoran School of Art, the John Herron Art School, the Indiana University extension, and Purdue University. He was an editor-publisher of the Union City News, a freelance commercial artist, draftsman of the United States Topographical Bureau, instructor at the Indianapolis Public Schools, and head of graphic arts department at Arsenal Technical School. Polley was also a book illustrator, a contributor to the Indianapolis Sunday Star, and author-illustrator. He had his work displayed in many regional and national exhibit halls. Frederick Polley passed away in 1957.


1.2 Cubic Feet (2 manuscript boxes, 8 volumes)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation on 1944/09/06 by Mrs. Janet Jaehne.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/08/31 by Kori Nell. EAD finding aid created 2016/08/31 by Kori Nell.
Frederick Polley 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.