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Indiana Department of Natural Resources photograph collection

Identifier: P038

Scope and Contents

This collection includes the photographs from Indiana Department of Natural Resources in Indiana ranging from 1967 and undated regarding state parks, nature sites and recreation areas, historic sites, landmarks, memorials, museums, and buildings around Indiana.


  • 1967, 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 Col. 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.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged numerically in original order.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a records transfer from Indiana Division.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/07/15 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid created 2021/07/15 by Brittany Kropf.
Indiana Department of Natural Resources 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.