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Indianapolis Municipal Airport collection

Identifier: L456

Scope and Contents

This collection includes scrapbook materials, and two scrapbooks from Paul H. Moore in Indianapolis, Indiana ranging from 1923 to 1948 regarding the Indianapolis Municipal Airport. Notable items include photographs of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1926; the Edsel B. Ford Reliability Tour trophy; the "Spirit of St. Louis" plane; an aerial view of Fort Benjamin Harrison; Air Mail display; aerial views of Downtown Indianapolis, and a booklet of the Lorenz Instrument Landing System.


  • 1923-1939


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 city of Indianapolis acquired 947 acres of land for development of an airport in 1928. There were three concrete runways and an administration building for construction. The Indianapolis Municipal Airport was dedicated in 1931 and the superintendent at that time was Paul H. Moore. I.J. (Nish) Dienhart was named superintendent later in the decade, and he presided over several technical upgrades, especially with the opening of the Civil Aeronautics Authority aviation and radio research facility in 1939.


0.8 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box, 2 volumes)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a records transfer from the Indiana Division on 2001/01.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/11/07 by Kori Nell. EAD finding aid created 2016/11/07 by Kori Nell.
Indianapolis Municipal Airport 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.