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Here I Grew Up mural photograph collection

 Collection — Folder: SP155
Identifier: SP155

Scope and Contents

This collection includes black-and-white photographs from the Indiana Department of Conservation depicting the installation of the mosaic mural, Here I Grew Up, designed by Garo Z. Antreasian, in the Indiana State Office Building in Indianapolis, Indiana during January, 1963. There are also two photographs from an outdoor dedication program for the mural, a photograph of the mural's design from teh Art Association of Indianapolis, and a photocopy of a newspaper article about the mural from the Indianapolis Star Magazine on February 6, 1966.


  • 1963

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 mosaic mural, Here I Grew Up, designed by Hoosier artist Garo Z. Antreasian, was installed in the lobby of the Indiana State Office Building during January 1963. The mural is a composed of over 300,000 hand-cut glass tesserae (tiles) on a travertine marble wall measuring 70 ft by 25 ft. It depicts five stages of Abraham Lincoln's life in Indiana between the ages of 7 and 21. The mural was originally fabricated by Ralph Peck, a Herron School of Art graduate, his assistant Mrs. Charles Pitts, and another unknown individual. In the 1980s, the building was renovated and renamed Indiana Government Center North, with the south building constructed during the same period. After much debate, the mural was preserved and is still on display today.


Items in the collection.

Coffin, John S. "Preserving the Lincoln mural." Indianapolis Star, May 19, 1988, B-5. Accessed February 23, 2022. ProQuest.

Krause, Martin. "Garo Z. Antreasian." Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. Last revised February 2021. Accessed February 23, 2022.

Mannheimer, Steve. "Renovation to Destroy Mural by Antreasian?" Indianapolis Star, April 24, 1988, E-10. Accessed February 23, 2022. ProQuest.

Wikipedia. "Here I Grew Up." Accessed February 23, 2022.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from the Indiana Department of Conservation.


No further additions are expected.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digitized materials from the collection are available online in the ISL Digital Collections (

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/02/23 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid created 2022/02/23 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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