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Indianapolis Press Club collection

Identifier: L529

Scope and Contents

This collection includes papers, newspaper clippings, program brochures, financial ledgers, checkbooks and photographs from the Indianapolis Press Club in Indianapolis, Indiana (and other sources in other locations) ranging from 1934 to 1982 regarding the club and its activities.


  • 1934-1982


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.

Administrative History

The Indianapolis Press Club was founded April 10, 1934, when the word press referred only to the newspaper profession and to men, not women. It later opened to broadcasters and women. Its first president was Maurice Early, then a political reporter for the Indianapolis Star. Its first broadcaster president was James R. Hetherington, WFBM-TV, in 1967, and its first woman president was Hortense Myers of the United Press International, in 1976. Its Gridiron Dinner began in 1947, as an event to "roast" political leaders, ending in 2003 (the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute later resurrected it as a fundraiser). It had many other activities for its members, including Front Page Balls, Inflation Nights, and Old Timers' Nights and was very active during the annual Indiana legislative session. It had a 16 member board and an executive director. It had a number of locations, one of them on Monument Circle which went up in flames twice. The final home was in the Indiana State Teachers Association (ISTA) building across from the statehouse. The Indiannapolis Press Club closed its doors in 2004.


Items in the collection.

Farmer, James E. "Indianapolis Press Club." In The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis, p. 803. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1994.

"Indiana Gridiron." Accessed December 28, 2013.

"Indianapolis Press Club." Historic Indianapolis. Accessed December 28, 2013.,


1.3 Cubic Feet (4 manuscript boxes)

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This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Organizational history, 1934-1974

Series 2: Gridiron documents, 1947-1982

Series 3: Subject files, 1958-1975

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from the Indianapolis Press Club on 1981/07/30.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2013/13/18 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid was created on 2013/13/18 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid revised 2024/04/18 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.