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Indianapolis-Scarborough Peace Games collection

Identifier: L542

Scope and Contents

This is a collection of 18 manuscript boxes and 1 oversized folder arranged in three series. It contains a variety of materials from the Peace Games as well as related events (i.e International Games Conference) from 1972 to 2004. Materials include meeting minutes of the board of directors and various committees involved with the Peace Games, press releases, fliers, financial materials, correspondence, and competition results. The series are divided into administrative records, Peace Games papers, and photographs/slides.

The first series, administrative records, contains 4 manuscript boxes, one manuscript box of meeting minutes, correspondence, directories, and other materials of the board of directors for the IndianapolisScarborough Peace Games from 1977 to 2004; and three boxes of correspondence, financial reports and other materials from 1976 to 2004. It is split into 5 sub-series: budget/financial reports, sponsorship materials, finance committee papers, fundraising items, and miscellaneous financial papers. The financial reports sub-series includes budget reports, treasurer’s reports, financial statements, and proposals. Sponsorship materials include correspondence with potential sponsors, papers from the 1995 sponsorship committee, and other sponsorship related materials. The finance committee papers include minute meetings, agendas, correspondence, directories, and miscellaneous finance committee papers. Fundraising papers include papers for the various fundraisers, including the golf tournament, walk-a-thon, and Gus Macker tournament. The papers include correspondence, meeting notes, and lists of fundraiser participants. The miscellaneous financial papers sub-series includes materials such as invoices, reimbursement requests, and miscellaneous correspondence.

The series of Peace Games papers includes 10 manuscript boxes of materials from 1975 to 2004. The Peace Games papers are organized chronologically by year. The papers contains a variety of papers such as correspondence between planning and support committees as wells as sport chairpersons, brochures and fliers for the Games, press releases, lists of competition participants and results, and materials from related events (i.e. the International Games Conference.)

The photographs and slides series includes 4 manuscript boxes of photographs, negatives, and slides from the Indianapolis-Scarborough Peace Games. The materials are arranged in chronological order by type. The photographs include 1974 to 2004, negatives from 1975 to 1991, and slides from 1986 to 1990.

The oversize folder contains newspapers, forms, and a broadside regarding the Indianapolis-Scarborough Peace Games ranging from 1982 to 2004 (OBC110).


  • 1972-2004


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-Scarborough Peace Games were a multi-sport amateur sporting competition promoting international friendships between residents of Indianapolis and Scarborough, Ontario, Canada. The Peace Games were first formed in 1972 and named after the Vietnam Peace Treaty. The first competition took place during the summer of 1973 in Scarborough. The Peace Games were held every summer, alternating the international competition location between Indianapolis and Scarborough. In 2003, the international competition was cancelled due to cases of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) reported in Toronto where the competition was to take place. 2004 marked the final year of the Indianapolis-Scarborough Peace Games, and the international competition was held in Scarborough. Decline in participation and economic support were key factors in ending the Games.


Material within collection.

City of Indianapolis. "Peace Games Will End After 32 Years of International Sports Competition." Accessed May 9, 2004.


5.66 Cubic Feet (16 manuscript boxes, 2 half size boxes, 1 oversize folder)

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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 William Bennett and Jennifer Voreis in 2005/08.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

OBC110: Indianapolis Scarborough Peace Games oversize collection

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2007/05 by Ruth Light. EAD finding aid created 2007/05 by Ruth Light. EAD finding aid revised 2015/11/06 by Brittany Kropf; 2021/09/29 by Lauren Patton.
Indianapolis-Scarborough Peace Games 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.