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Indianapolis property transparency collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SP134

Scope and Contents

This collection includes transparencies with colored, handwritten ink notations showing plat maps with property developments, city maps, photographs of houses, and family scenes from Indianapolis, Indiana, probably used in presentations with overhead projectors, ranging from circa 1950 to circa 1960.


  • circa 1950-circa 1960

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.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Historical Note

Indianapolis is the state capital and most-populous city of the U.S. state of Indiana and the seat of Marion County. Indigenous peoples inhabited the area dating to as early as 10,000 BCE. In 1818 C.E., the Delaware (Lenape) relinquished all, and the Miami people some, of their tribal lands in the Treaty of St. Mary's, which included the central third of Indiana and the site of Indianapolis today. In 1821, Indianapolis was founded as the new seat of Indiana's state government, a relocation from Corydon in Harrison County. A planned city, it was platted by Alexander Ralston and Elias Pym Fordham on a square-mile grid next to the White River. Completion of the National and Michigan roads and arrival of rail later solidified the city's position as a manufacturing and transportation hub. Two of the city's nicknames reflect its historical ties to transportation—the "Crossroads of America" and "Railroad City." Since the 1970 city-county consolidation, known as Unigov, local government administration operates under the direction of an elected 25-member city-county council headed by the mayor.


Wikipedia. "Indianapolis, Indiana." Accessed November 23, 2021.


0.03 Cubic Feet (3 folders)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by subject.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection procession 2021/11/23 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid created 2021/11/23 by Brittany Kropf.
Indianapolis property transparency collection
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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