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Indiana Department of Natural Resources conservation photograph collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: P076

Scope and Contents

This collection includes black-and-white photographs from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and its predecessor, the Department of Conservation, in Indiana ranging from 1921 to circa 1970 and undated, regarding the activities of the state agency, its personnel, and the resources under its oversight. Some of the photographs appear to have been used in a publication, possibly the department's periodical, Outdoor Indiana, with a few images featuring locations in Wisconsin, West Virginia, and California. The artifact photographs, taken by Ken Williams circa 1930-1970, primarily consist of political memorabilia such as pins, medallions, ribbons, pipes, and embroidery created circa 1860-1912, as well as pottery and glassware.


  • 1921-circa 1970, undated


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

According to their website, Indiana Department of Natural Resources' mission is "to protect, enhance, preserve, and wisely use natural, cultural, and recreational resources for the benefit of Indiana's citizens through professional leadership, management, and education." The Indiana state agency oversees numerous divisions with specific roles, including maintaining state parks, forests, and recreation areas, managing fish and wildlife, coal mine reclamation, assistance with private wildlife management, enforcing conservation laws, and much more.

The Indiana Department of Conservation was created in 1919 with Richard Lieber, the father of Indiana's state parks system, as the first director. It had 5 divisions: Geology, Entomology, Forestry, Land and Waters, and Fish and Games. In 1965, Governor Branigan signed the Natural Resources Act into law, creating the Department of Natural Resources which combined the Department of Conservation with the Flood Control and Waters Commission, State Soil and Water Conservation Committee, and Outdoor Recreation Council.


Indiana Department of Natural Resources. "DNR History." Last updated 2019. Accessed July 14, 2021.

Indiana Department of Natural Resources. "What We Do." Last updated 2019. Accessed July 14, 2021.

"Indiana Department of Natural Resources." Wikipedia. Accessed July 14, 2021.


0.2 Cubic Feet (1 half 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 Materials

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

P038: Indiana Department of Natural Resources photograph collection

SP081: Indiana Department of Conservation, Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial photograph collection

SP083: Henry W. Moesch photographs

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/06/09 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid created 2022/06/09 by Brittany Kropf.
Indiana Department of Natural Resources conservation photograph 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.