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Agnes E. Hinkle Ostrom collection

Identifier: L692

Scope and Contents

This collection includes seven scrapbooks and some miscellaneous items associated with them from Agnes E. Hinkle Ostrom and her daughter, Cynthia Agnes Ostrom in Indiana, ranging from 1930 to 1957 and focus on the early lives of the two women, particularly their school years.

Agnes Ostrom created five of the seven scrapbooks, which concern her academic career and married life and cover a wide variety of topics. They include wedding invitations and announcements, material from her sorority (Kappa Alpha Theta), content from Butler University, Indiana University, and Shortridge High School in Indianapolis. There are an assortment of photographs, newspaper clippings, pamphlets and brochures, dance cards, programs, and tickets, including several corsages and a boutonniere.

Cynthia Ostrom created two scrapbooks which focus on her extracurricular activities while in high school. One concerns sports she competed in, mainly horseback riding and swimming, but also includes material from different summer camps and activities. The second scrapbook contains materials related to high school activities such as prom and class officers. Both scrapbooks contain an assortment of photographs, clippings, documents, letters, cards, and other material.


  • 1930-1957


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. Rights to previously published documents are retained by their creators.

Biographical Note

Agnes E. Hinkle Ostrom was born in 1915 in Ohio to Albert H. and Jessie C. Hinkle in Ohio. She attended Indiana University in Bloomington in the 1930s and was a senior in 1936. She pursued her A.B. in Journalism and was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, the Daily Student staff, Bored Walk and W.A.A. By 1940, she and her husband, Harvey F. Ostrom, were living in Indianapolis with their two-year old daughter, Cynthia Ann. Harvey Ostrom worked as a real estate salesman and Agnes worked periodically at the Indianapolis Times.

Cynthia Agnes Ostrom was born on June 22, 1939 in Indianapolis to Agnes and Harvey Ostrom and attended Shortridge High School. While in high school, she was a member of the school orchestra and she competed in a variety of sports including swimming and horsemanship.


Items from the collection. "Agnes E. Hinkle." 1930 Census. Accessed August 21, 2018. "Agnes Ostrum." 1940 Census. Accessed August 21, 2018. "Agnes Hinkle." U.S. School Yearbooks. Accessed August 21, 2018.


2 Cubic Feet (2 manuscript boxes, 1 small clam shell box, 1 medium clam shell box, 1 oversize box)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Agnes E. Hinkle Ostrom scrapbooks and memorabilia, 1930-1950

Series 2: Cynthia Ostrom Pohlmann scrapbooks, 1951-1957

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a records transfer from Indianapolis Public Library on 2017/01/24.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2018/08/21 by Abby Currier. EAD finding aid created 2018/08/24 by Abby Currier. EAD finding aid revised 2020/11/10; 2024/01/03 by Brittany Kropf.
Agnes E. Hinkle Ostrom 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.