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Lawrence M. Borst collection

Identifier: L495

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of papers collection by Lawrence Borst while serving in the Indiana House of Representatives and in the Indiana Senate. Materials collected during Borst’s service in the Indiana House primarily reflect his work with the Committee on the Affairs of Marion County and the Committee on Public Policy. Collectively, part one documents the formation of UNIGOV, unified government for Indianapolis and Marion County.

The second series, consisting of materials from Borst’s service in the Indiana State Senate, reflects Borst’s chairmanship of the Senate Finance Committee and his chairmanship of its Taxation Subcommittee Other activities of the Senate Finance Committee included in part two are those of the Local Government Finance Subcommittee and the financing of state education, involving both community schools and post-secondary education. Included, too, are materials collected from Borst’s membership in the Roads and Transportation Committee. One large portion of part two covers the activities of the State Budget Committee which, of necessity, touches upon every agency of state government. Materials found in the collection include House and Senate bills, amendments, letters, memoranda, schedules, legislative and committee reports, proposals, financial reports, impact studies, and press releases.


  • 1957-1985


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

Lawrence Marion Borst, Jr. was born on July 16, 1927, in Champaign County, Ohio. He attended North High School in Columbus, Ohio and Ohio State University, graduating from the latter with a D.V. M. in 1950. In 1948, Borst married Eldoris June Wood, with whom he eventually had three children. Borst moved his family to South Bend, Indiana in 1950.

In 1965, Borst co-founded the Republican Action Committee. In political service to Indianapolis, he was a member of the Mayor’s Progress Committee in 1971 and the executive council in 1973. On a state level, Borst served in the Indiana House of Representatives in 1967 and in the Indiana Senate from 1969 to 1984. Borst was both secretary and president of the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association.


1.6 Cubic Feet (2 manuscript boxes, 1 cubic foot box)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Lawrence Borst circa 1982.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 1999/10 by Philip N. Williams. EAD finding aid created 1999/10 by Philip N. Williams.
Lawrence M. Borst collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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