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Indiana State House collection

Identifier: L574

Scope and Contents

This collection includes autographed and typeset reports from the Board of State House Commissioners in Indianapolis, Indiana ranging from 1881-1884 and a scrapbook of newspaper articles, state documents and autographed documents from 1878-1888 regarding the building of the Indiana State House/Capitol.


  • 1878-1888

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

In 1877 the General Assembly passed an act to erect another, more permanent structure. A Board of State House Commissioners was created by the Act selected the plans of Indianapolis architect Edwin May. Adolph Scherrer, May's chief draftsman, succeeded his employer as supervising architect when May died in 1880 and completed the new State House in 1888 for a cost within the initial estimate of $2 million.


"State House" (1994). Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press (page 1292). ISLI 977.201 M341ien Print.


0.6 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box, 1 small oversize box)


This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a records transfer from the Indiana Division on 2013/05.


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

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

L620: Indiana State Capitol competition drawings S2566: Paul A. Davis, State Capitol copper roof tiles ISLI 725.1 M466G: General description of design for the Indiana state capitol by Edwin May ISLO 725.11 no. 22 : The Indiana State Capitol Building : a centennial restoration, 1888-1988 ISLO 725.11 no. 2: Description of plans for new state capitol of Indiana : signed, "Il Capitole" by Chas. Eppinghousen ISLO 725.11 no. 6: An act for erecting a new state house and creating the State House Commissioners : approved March 14, 1877 ISLO 725.11 no. 7: Description of the new state house for the state of Indiana to be erected at Indianapolis by Edwin May [f] ISLI 725.1 I385N: New state house for Indiana. Re-letting of unfinished work. Notice to bidders [and schedules of specifications]

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2013/05 by Brent Abercrombie. EAD finding aid created 2017/05/08 by Edythe Huffman.
Indiana State House 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.