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Indiana Federation of Business and Professional Women collection

Identifier: L635

Scope and Contents

This collection contains documents and publications ranging from 1906 to 2018 regarding the Indiana Federation of Business and Professional Women (INFBPW). The collection includes bound volumes of minutes from the annual state conventions (1918-2011), the 1924 national convention, executive board minutes (1923-2015), Hoosier District directors minutes (1964-1994), and bound volumes and individual issues of the organizations publications Indiana Business Woman (1920-1922) and Hoosier Business Woman (1926-2018). The collection also has two published INFBPW histories (circa 1947 and 1968), programs and information packets from the organization’s state conventions and fall conferences (1968-2017), scrapbooks (1901-1929), Fort Wayne/Kekionga (2000-2016) and District 6 (1968-1983) meeting minutes and records, and organization documents on CDs and diskettes (1997-2015).

There are also 4 panoramic photographs of members from different events, ranging from 1929 to 1960 (OBD008).


  • 1901-2018


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research. Separated materials are restricted. Contact the repository for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights resides with the creators of the documents or their legal heirs and assigns. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical / Historical

The Indiana Federation of Business and Professional Women (INFBPW) was organized at a meeting of representatives from twelve local women's organizations from around the state at the Claypool Hotel in Indianapolis on March 15-16, 1918. The group was originally named the Women's Association of Commerce and was affiliated with the National Women's Association of Commerce, an association organized in July 1917 in Chicago. The organization changed its name to the Indiana Federation of Business and Professional Women in 1920. From the beginning, the organization has taken an active part in all issues affecting women and lobbies the Legislature for passage of bills that will improve conditions for women in the workplace as well as to defeat legislation that will restrict women's economic growth. Along with lobbying, the INFBPW also continues their mission to "promote and support women, personally, professionally, and politically" through sponsorship of leadership and career development programs, scholarships, and state conventions and conferences.


Information found within collection.

Indiana Federation of Business and Professional Women. "About: INFBPW Heritage." Accessed April 18, 2019.

"Women Adopt New Name for Commerce Body." Indianapolis Star (IN), March 21, 1920.


20.1 Cubic Feet (16 cubic foot boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 1 extra-large oversize folder)

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This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Annual convention minutes, bound volumes, 1918-2011

Series 2: Board minutes, bound volumes, 1923-2015

Series 3: Publications, 1920-2018 Subseries 3.1: Bound publications, 1920-2015 Subseries 3.2: Publications, circa 1947-2018

Series 4: Convention and conference material, 1968-2017

Series 5: Scrapbooks, certificates, and miscellaneous records, 1901-2016

Series 6: Panoramic photographs, 1929-1960

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as donations from Indiana Federation of Business and Professional Women on 2003/05/30, 2015/05/04, and 2018/10/15.


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:

L641: Indianapolis Business and Professional Women's Club collection

L667: Wilma J. Usrey collection

L672: Indiana Federation of Business and Professional Women, District 4 collection

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 2019/04 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2019/04/23 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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