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"President Taft's Party and the Reception Committee" panoramic photograph

 Collection — Object: OBF008
Identifier: OBF008

Scope and Contents

This collection comprises a black-and-white panoramic photograph taken by N. H. Losey at the house of Charles W. Fairbanks in Indianapolis, Indiana on July 4, 1911, depicting the members of President William Howard Taft's party and the local reception committee during his visit to the city. Most of the people in the photograph are male and wearling badges. Indiana Governor Thomas Riley Marshall, Charles W. Fairbanks, and Cornelia Cole Fairbanks sit to the left of the president at the front of the group.


  • 1911/07/04

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

U.S. President William Howard Taft visited Indiana in July, 1911. He first traveled to Marion, Indiana by train from Boston, Massachusetts on July 3, 1911., where he visited the local soldiers' home, before moving on to Indianapolis that night. Taft remained in the city to celebrate the 4th of July, staying at the home of Charles and Cornelia Fairbanks for the night. The reception committee met him at the Fairbanks' home and escorted Taft by automobile to the reviewing stand at Monument Circle to view the 4th of July parade. He then spent time at the Marion Club and Columbia Club, before presenting prizes for the parade to Washington Park. Taft then moved to the Indiana State Faibanks to view the head-on collision of two railroad engines. Then Taft, his party, and a section of the reception committee returned to the Fairbanks' home before Taft attended a banquet hosted by the Marion Club at the Claypool Hotel. The president departed for Washington, D.C. by train that evening.

The party who accompanied him included Taft's secretary Charles D. Hilles, Major Archibald W. Butt, Gus J. Karger (representative of Cincinatti Times-Star), stenographer W.W. Mischler, Secret Service agents James Sloan, Jr. and R. L. Jervis, and two messangers. The reception committee had 154 members, from 14 business, political and social organizations in Indianapolis. The committee members wore badges with the words, "President William H. Taft, Indianapolis, July 4, 1911. Reception committee."


Item in the collection.

"Marion Veterans Rady to Greet President Taft." Indianapolis Star, June 29, 1911, 4. Accessed March 14, 2022. ProQuest.

"Name Delegations to Welcome Taft." Indianapolis Star, June 27, 1911, 1, 5. Accessed March 14, 2022. ProQuest.

"Taft Honor Is Genuine." Indianapolis Star, July 5, 1911, 1. Accessed March 14, 2022. ProQuest.


0.1 Cubic Feet (1 panoramic photograph)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of one item.

Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Existence and Location of Copies

Copies may be found in the following collection: Oversize general photograph collection (OP0). ALso available online:

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Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/03/14 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid created 2022/03/14 by Brittany Kropf.
"President Taft's Party and the Reception Committee" panoramic photograph
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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