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Edward H. Knight collection on Indianapolis City Market

Identifier: L522

Scope and Contents

The materials in this collection fully document Knight’s interest in the Indianapolis City Market and his work as an attorney to save the City Market from 1957-1968. Included are legal documents from the case, correspondence, clippings, copies of laws and regulations pertaining to the case, historical materials about the City Market, and photographs. The materials date from 1821 to 1968, with the bulk of the collection dating from 1957 to 1965. Many of the items have annotations written by Knight. There are also a few miscellaneous items also donated by Knight that do not relate to the City Market.

Participants in the case are attorneys for the plaintiff Edward H. Knight and Edward O. Snethen; plaintiffs Paul C. Wetter, Albert Steffey, Peter A. Corsaro, and Dorothy Poynter; attorneys for the defendant Michael B. Reddington, John J. Dillon, and William J. Wood; defendants City of Indianapolis, Mayor Phillip L. Bayt, Charles H. Boswell, David M. Silver, William H. Warren, Shirley E. Murphy, Jacob L. Steinmetz, Board of Public Works, Indianapolis Off-Street Parking Commission, Common Council, and Attorney General Edwin K. Steers; and Judge Robert G. Robb.

The collection largely follows Knight’s original organization, which is roughly by stage of the case and defendant versus plaintiff documents. The materials were grouped together in manila envelopes, which have been retained in some cases because of their annotations.


  • 1821-1968


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

Edward Hussey Knight was born May 26, 1877, in Brazil, Indiana. His parents were George Armstrong Knight and Lucia Elizabeth (Hussey) Knight. He graduated from Wabash College in 1897 and then received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University in 1898. In 1899, Knight received a Bachelor of Laws degree from Indiana Law School. He married Augusta Raible in 1908. They had no children.

Knight practiced law for 71 years in Clay and Marion counties. He also served as deputy Marion County prosecutor (1908-1909), Indianapolis city attorney (1927-1930), and corporation council for two terms (1930-1934, 1939-1943). During the late 1950s and 1960s, Knight was the principal attorney in litigation that saved the City Market, an Indianapolis landmark. He died at the age of 96 on March 7, 1974.


1.3 Cubic Feet (4 manuscript boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Edward H. Knight in 1968/08.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2005/10 by Christiana Baich. EAD finding aid created 2005/10 by Christiana Baich. EAD finding aid revised 2015/11/06 by Brittany Kropf.
Edward H. Knight collection on Indianapolis City Market
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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