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Henry H. and Olive Brunner collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: L675

Scope and Contents

This collection contains Henry H. Brunner's engineering and physics reports and plate drawings from his time as a student at Colorado College from 1910 to 1915; copies of two publications from February and April 1918 regarding a referendum on a report of water-power development by the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America; and a copy of the pamphlet Summary of the Seventh Annual Meeting of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States from 1919. Two additional items in the collection from Olive Brunner include a "History of Marion County and Indianapolis" report and scrapbook containing clippings ranging from 1900 to circa 1920s that was possibly created by a June Wier, and a menu from the Paramount Music Palace from circa 1980s.

Oversize folder OBC235 contains additional engineering drawings by Brunner and two U.S. Geological Survey maps of Colorado printed in 1910 and 1914.


  • 1900-circa 1980s


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.

Biographical Note

Henry Harris Brunner was born January 18, 1893 in Atlanta, Georgia to Joseph and Ida (Dunn) Brunner. As a child he moved with his family to Colorado Springs, Colorado and later studied engineering at Colorado College. He married Olive Brown in August 1917. Olive was born April 16, 1891 in Bakers Corner, Hamilton County, Indiana. She received her undergraduate degree from Colorado College and later earned a Masters of Library Science degree from Indiana University. The Brunners were living in Colorado when Henry was killed in an electrical accident on January 22, 1922. Olive returned to Indiana later that year and became a teacher at Carmel High School. She retired from teaching in 1947 and continued to work in the school bookstore until 1972. She died at the age of 97 on October 7, 1988.

Sources: "Henry H. Brunner." 1910 United States Federal Census. Accessed February 1, 2021. "Henry Harris Brunner." U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Accessed February 1, 2021. "Olive Brown." Colorado, County Marriage Reocrds and State Index, 1862-2006. Accessed February 1, 2021.

"Henry Brunner Meets Death." Noblesville Ledger (Ind.), January 26, 1922.

"Olive Brunner." Noblesville Ledger (Ind.), October 11, 1988.


0.5 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box, 1 half-size manuscript box, 1 oversize folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


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:

OBC235: Henry H. Brunner engineering drawings and maps

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/02/02 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2021/02/02 by Laura Eliason.
Henry H. and Olive Brunner 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.