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Christ Church Cathedral Parish registers

Identifier: L462

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of one volume of transcriptions of the original registers dated 1837-1922, as well as photocopies of the registers. The photocopies are foldered and are organized in the same fashion as the bound transcriptions. The registers included are baptisms, confirmed, marriages, and burials.


  • 1837-1922


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

In June of 1837, Indianapolis Episcopalians decided to purchase a lot on Monument Circle to build a church. On July 13 of that year, thirty people organized the Parish Church of Christ. The congregation held several fund raising drives to acquire the money to build the first Gothic-style church that was completed in November 1838. In 1856 it was decided that a new church should be built. A church appointed committee chose architect William Tinsley to design the new building. The new church held its first service on May 22, 1859. This is the building that is seen on Monument Circle today.

Since its founding Christ Church has conducted an active community ministry. It was the mother church for several missions and congregations including St. Luke's in 1863 and St. Phillip's in 1888. Under the leadership of Paul Moore, Jr., in the 1960s the church received recognition for its urban ministry programs. In 1993 Christ Church claimed 750 members and it continues to serve as cathedral for the diocese, parish to its members, and as a church to downtown Indianapolis.


Bodenhammer, David J. and Robert G. Barrows, eds. The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. Bloomington, IN: Indiana UP, 1994.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

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This collection is arranged chronologically and by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 2003 by Elizabeth M. Wilkinson. EAD finding aid created in 2003 by Elizabeth M. Wilkinson. EAD finding aid updated 2015/11/13 by Edythe Huffman.
Christ Church Cathedral Parish registers
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Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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