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Indiana State Library Staff Association collection

Identifier: L445

Scope and Contents

This collection includes official Indiana State Library Staff Association documents and financial records, thank-you cards, photographs, membership lists, and correspondence produced by various authors in Indiana and elsewhere, covering the years 1943–2007, dealing with business and finances.


  • 1943-2007


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

An organizational meeting was held March 27, 1943, to discuss the benefits of such an organization and how to proceed. Hazel Hopper served as the first chairman, Margaret Harpe as the first secretary. Esther Agnew was elected as the first chairman, Martha Swindler elected as the first secretary. Meetings consisted of staff association business, including setting up a flower and gift fund, and Indiana State Library business, some of which was related to the war effort. The Indiana State Library Staff Association was involved with advising the administration on working conditions for staff, in its early days. The staff association effectively ended operations in 2007, due to decreased interest and participation of staff members. Edythe Huffman was the last and only officer to serve through 2007, as treasurer.

The staff association’s purpose was to advance the interests and goals of the Indiana State Library, Indiana Historical Bureau, the Indiana Historical Society and the Indiana Commission on Public Records. Sponsored activities were either social or educational. The first meeting, held each September, was usually a trash-to-treasure auction. Other activities included picnics, hay rides, lectures, tours, holiday dinners, and Christmas caroling, either in the Great Hall (which has wonderful acoustics), located on the 2nd floor at the Senate Avenue entrance or in the new front entrance, at Ohio Street.

Information from within the collection and supplied by Edythe Huffman


2.8 Cubic Feet (9 manuscript boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from the Indiana State Library Staff Association in 1982 and 2017 and from Edythe Huffman in 2006.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2013/12/27 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2013/12/27 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid revised 2017/08/23 by Edythe Huffman; 2023/07/17 by Brittany Kropf.
Indiana State Library Staff Association 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.