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Indianapolis Typographical Union collection

Identifier: L642

Scope and Contents

This collection contains minutes, correspondence, membership files, convention records, publications, histories, photographs, and realia created by the Indianapolis Typographical Union, its parent union, subsets and contract partners in Indiana from 1871 to 2013.

There is also a collage poster (OBE025).


  • 1871-2013


Conditions Governing Access

Restrictions apply. Contact the repository for more information.

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 Note

The Indianapolis Typographical Union was incorporated in 1840 as an association of Indianapolis, Indiana area printers; joined with other typographical unions to later form the International Typographical Union. The International Typographical Union worked for the improvement of wages and working conditions for printers, trained apprentice printers, provided burial, pension, and other benefits to its members, and worked with other unions on issues of common interest to labor.


20.55 Cubic Feet (38 manuscript boxes, 8 cubic foot boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 2 volumes, 1 frame, and 1 extra-large oversize folder)

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Arranged in the following series and subseries:

Series 1: Administrative documents, 1882-2013

Subseries 1.1: Minutes, 1882-1986 Subseries 1.2: Historical documents, 1898-2013 Subseries 1.3: Correspondence, reports, and other documents, 1948-1986 Subseries 1.4: Election documents, 1960-1986 Subseries 1.5: Constitutions and by-laws, 1967-1986 Subseries 1.6: Membership documents (Restricted), 1946-1983 Subseries 1.7: Financial documents, 1953-1985 Subseries 1.8: Mortuary benefit records (Restricted)

Series 2: Convention and conference documents, 1951-1988

Series 3: Contract documents, 1883-1998

Subseries 3.1: Indianapolis Newspapers, Inc., 1921-1985 Subseries 3.2: Indianapolis Union Printers Division of the Printing Industries of Indiana, 1951-1980 Subseries 3.3: Other companies, 1883-1998

Series 4: Arbitration and dispute documents, 1959-1983

Series 5: Chapels and adjacent union documents, 1871-2013

Subseries 5.1: Lafayette Typographical Union, 1871-1986 Subseries 5.2: Other companies and groups, 1967-1983 Subseries 5.3: Allied Printing Trades, 1895-1985 Subseries 5.4: Indianapolis Star-News, 1899-2013

Series 6: Joint Standing Committee case documents, 1932-1991

Series 7: Union organization documents, 1952-1986

Series 8: Publications, 1909-1995

Series 9: Old-Time Printers Association documents, 1897-2007

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Francis N. Biggs on 1979/01/24; Trina Marquis on 1997/07/01, Bill R. Rainwater on 2011/11/03, Larry M. Burmeister on 2015/06/17, Earl Robison on 1994/03 and 2016/02/16


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:

L263: Leo Baumann papers

OB172: Leo Baumann oversize papers

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/08/17 by Lauren Patton. EAD finding aid created 2021/08/17 by Lauren Patton. EAD finding aid revised 2022/11/14 by Brittany Kropf, 2024/02/08 by Lauren Patton.
Indianapolis Typographical Union 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.