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Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, Training Detachment No. 2 panoramic photograph

 Collection — Object: OBF009
Identifier: OBF009

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a black-and-white panoramic photograph taken by R. C. Moorefield in Indianapolis, Indiana of the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, Training Detachment No. 2. N.A. in 1918.


  • 1918

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

On June 15, 1918, a unit of 1,489 Hoosier men drafted into the U.S. Army during World War I were sent to Indianapolis, Indiana to complete vocational training courses under the auspices of the U.S. government and Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce. The men were split into two units and became known as Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce Training Detachment No. 1 and No. 2. The first detachment, under the command of Captain J. Dalbey Crawfis, were located at the Metropole Hotel barracks. The second detachment was stationed in barracks at the Indiana School for the Deaf on 42nd Street. The latter was under the command of Captain Clifford Gross and had about twice the number of men as the first detachment. The vocational courses included training for automobile mechanics, gunsmiths, blacksmiths, machinists, and woodworkers.

Two more detachments were added soon after: Detachment No. 3 at Arsenal Tech High School and No. 4 at the Indiana School for the Blind. The total vocational school enrollment was boosed to 2,500 men, meaning the city had the largest training detachment under the same management of any in the United States. The four schools were led by a vocational director, A. S. Hurrell.

The detachments were badly impacted by the 1918 influenza epidemic in October. More than 1,000 men were ill at the same time out of 2,309, according to Major J. Dalbey Crawfis, who had been elevated to commandant of the first three training detachments.


Item in the collection.

"1,489 Draftees to Train Here." Indianapolis Star, June 15, 1918. Accessed March 22, 2022. ProQuest.

"City Gets Two More Vocational Schools." Indianapolis Star, June 20, 1918. Accessed March 22, 2022. ProQuest.

"Maj. Crawfis Thanks Public." Indianapolis Star, October 10, 1918. Accessed March 22, 2022. ProQuest.

"Troops to Get Post Exchange." Indianapolis Star, July 6, 1918. Accessed March 22, 2022. ProQuest.


0.1 Cubic Feet (1 panoramic photograph)

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Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Existence and Location of Copies

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Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/03/14 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid created 2022/03/22 by Brittany Kropf.
Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, Training Detachment No. 2 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.