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Harold Brown Adkinson papers

Identifier: L002

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photographs and negatives; Indianapolis Fire Department event programs; Indianapolis Fire Department records, procedures and scrapbooks; an index to Ohio and Mississippi River steamboat images; newspaper clippings and brochures about steamboats and flatboats, newspaper clippings from Indianapolis Fire Department collected by Harold Brown Adkinson in Indianapolis, Indiana ranging from 1877 to 1943 regarding the Indianapolis Fire Department, steamboats and flatboats.

There are also oversize fire alarm listings and photographs related to Adkinson's career as a firefighter ranging from 1890 to 1915 and undated (OBD051).


  • 1877-1943, undated


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

Harold Brown Adkinson, an only child, was born to Hubert M. and Elizabeth B. Adkinson on August 22, 1906 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He worked as a salesman until he became an Indianapolis Fire Department firefighter in 1934. Adkinson and his wife Jean had a son, William H. He was fatally injured in a fire truck accident on December 16, 1944, died December 22, and was buried in Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis.

Adkinson took great interest in collecting memorabilia and particularly photographs of the Indianapolis Fire Department and 19th century Mississippi and Ohio River steamboats.


Information found within the collection. "Harold B. Adkinson." 1930 United States Federal Census. Accessed February 22, 2016. "Harold B. Adkinson." 1940 United States Federal Census. Accessed February 22, 2016. "Harold B. Adkinson." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed February 22, 2016


3.1 Cubic Feet (2 cubic foot boxes, 2 manuscript boxes, 2 index card boxes, 1 extra-large oversize folder)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by the Rare Books and Manuscripts Division as a donation and as a purchase from Harold Brown Adkinson.


No further additions are expected.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions firefighter photographs of the Harold Brown Adkinson collection are available electronically in the Indianapolis Public Library Digital Indy Repository:

Related Archival Material

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

P011: Harold Brown Adkinson steamboat photograph collection

P012: Harold Brown Adkinson, Indianapolis Fire Department photograph collection

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2010/05 by Brent Abercrombie. EAD finding aid created 2016/02/24 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid revised 2021/12/01 by Lauren Patton.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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