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Albert Mock collection

Identifier: L470

Scope and Contents

The bulk of this collection consists of Albert Mock's unpublished manuscripts, "Three Centuries of Hoosier Education" and "Three Centuries American Life" compiled and written circa 1960. The collection includes typewritten drafts; typewritten and handwritten rough drafts; newspaper clippings; research notes; and various publications regarding education ranging from 1856 to 1967. Items of note include a copy of the 1856 "A Sketch of the Educational History of Wayne County, and the Proceedings of the Wayne County Teacher's Institute"; an 1882 Kansas Normal College commencement program; biographical information regarding Purdue University and Indiana University presidents; biographical notes on Indiana Superintendents of Public Instruction from 1850s to early 1900s; full page clippings of the Pathfinder newspaper published in Washington D.C. ranging from 1908 to 1918 and undated; a copy of the Indiana State Normal School The Normal Advance 1907 commencement edition; and the Liberty Baptist Church's centennial booklet from 1954 (Tipton County, Indiana).

Also included is a 1879 handwritten Taswell, Indiana New Year's Day infare speech; correspondence, architectural drawings, and documents regarding the lighting, shelving, and doors of the Indiana State Library (1930s-1950s); Indiana State Library correspondence and documents regarding archival storage and a proposed central book depository (1945-1948); correspondence to Edward D. Pierre and his 1945 Data Book regarding the State Library; publications regarding the Indiana State Library building (1934-1955) and Indiana Historical Bureau publications of Indiana history including a tourist map of historical places drawn by George Jo Mess (circa 1936-1948); a album with floor plans, exterior designs, and landscaping for William Creek Estates homes designed for the Indianapolis News Ideal Home contest by architects Pierre and Wright and landscape architect Donald B. Johnston (circa 1925); documents and reports regarding Indianapolis traffic, parking, and civic planning (1951-1960); photographs of homes built in Warsaw, Indiana and American Homes on Emerson Avenue in Indianapolis (?) (circa 1940s); and the September, 1935 edition of American Architectt magazine with photographs of the Fendrick's Peasant Room of Indianapolis designed by Pierre and Wright.


  • 1856-1967


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.

Biographical Note

Albert Mock was born on October 30, 1879 at Taswell, Crawford County, Indiana to Squire E. and Anna Mock. He began teaching school in a one room school house and later served as principal at high schools in Daviess, Dubois, Clinton, and Newton counties. Mock received his bachelor's (1916) and master's (1922) degrees from Indiana University and received his Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati (1933). He joined the faculty of Butler University in 1925 and taught in the field of education. After retiring in 1950, Dr. Mock continued as a visiting lecturer at Butler for ten years. He was the author of several books and articles regarding education in Indiana. Mock married Elva Grace Killion on August 20, 1908 and they had two daughters. Mock passed away at the age of 88 on June 3, 1968.

Sources: "Albert Mock." U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942. Accessed September 14, 2017. "Albert Mock." Indiana Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed September 14, 2017.

"Dr. Mock Dies; Taught Half Century." Indianapolis Star (IN), June 3, 1968.

"Rites Are Held For Dr. Albert Mock, 88." Indianapolis News (IN), June 5, 1968.

Thompson, Donald, comp. Indiana Authors and Their Books, 1967-1980. Crawfordsville, IN: Wabash College, 1981.


5 Cubic Feet (14 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged in the following series and subseries:

Series 1: "Three Centuries of Hoosier Education" manuscript and documents, 1856-1967

Subseries 1.1: Section I "The Territorial Period (1682-1816), circa 1960s Subseries 1.2: Section II "Education Under the First Constitution (1816-1852), circa 1960s Subseries 1.3: Section III "Establishment of Schools and a School System (1852-1900), circa 1960s Subseries 1.4: Section IV "History of the Major Phase of Education (1900-1968), circa 1960s Subseries 1.5: research notes and documents, 1852-1967

Series 2: "Three Centuries American Life" manuscrpit, 1951-1966

Series 3: Correspondence, documents, and photographs, 1879-1963

Subseries 3.1: Clippings and miscellaneous documents, 1879-1963 Subseries 3.2: Indiana State Library and Indiana Historical Bureau documents, circa 1930-1955 Subseries 3.3: Architectural drawings, photographs, and papers, circa 1925-1960

Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

L611: Edward D. Pierre collection

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2017/09/16 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2017/09/16 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

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