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Indiana Handle Company collection

 Collection — Folder: S3499
Identifier: S3499

Content Description

This collection includes papers and photographs from the Indiana Handle Company in Paoli, Indiana, from 1980s to 2004 regarding the activities of the company, advertisements for different products, and the organizaiton's connection to Don Mattingly, Major League Baseball player and coach.


  • 1980s-2004


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to 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 / Historical

The Indiana Handle Company was a small baseball bat manufacturer in Paoli, Indiana. Initiall, the company received their big break supplying military units with bats during the Second World War. As the wood they used was too heavy for Major League Baseball, the Indiana Handle Company's bats served as an entertainment bat for things like automatic batting cages and youth sports. However, as aluminum bats grew in popularity with little leagues around the U.S., the Indiana Handle Company diversified into a number of household products and even helped create the wooden handle for the Olympic Torch for the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta, Georgia. They specialized in in custom wooden products, mostly furniture, as of 2004.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mike Holland on 2022/11/11.


No futher additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed on 2023/10/02 by A.J. Chrapliwy. EAD finding aid created on 2023/10/04 by A.J. Chrapliwy. EAD finding aid revised 2024/03/22 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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