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Harold Brown Adkinson
L2, OB74, V447
1844 – 1940
1 mss box, 1 os folder, 2 card file boxes, 18 volumes

Manuscript & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

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Revised by: Brent Abercrombie, May 2010

Biographical Note:

Harold Brown Adkinson was an Indianapolis Fire Department firefighter until he was fatally injured in a fire truck accident in December 1944. Adkinson took great interest in collecting memorabilia and particularly photographs of the Indianapolis Fire Department. He also had interest in Mississippi and Ohio River steamboats, collecting several images of 19th Century steamboats and related news-clippings.

Scope and Content Note:

The collection primarily consists of Indianapolis Fire Department material and information relating to steamboats (primarily Mississippi and Ohio River steamboats). The collection also contains 18 volumes, most of which are record books and scrapbooks, as well as one over-sized folder.

Photocopying Policy:

Manuscript materials CANNOT be photocopied or digitized in their entirety. Photocopies and/or digital images cannot exceed 25% of a collection or a folder within a collection. In some cases, photocopying may not be permitted due to the condition of the item. Check with a Manuscript Librarian for other options.

Box and Folder Listing:

Box 1. 

Folder 
1. Indianapolis Fire Department Alarms, Jan. 1888 – Aug. 1891
2. IFD Misc. Programs and Papers, 1891 – 1928
3. Misc. IFD Papers, 1930 – 1940
4. Index to Mississippi and Ohio River Steamboat Images
5. Scrapbook of Steamboat News-Clippings, 1921 – 1922
6. Scrapbook of Steamboat News-Clippings, 1922 – 1927
7. Switzerland County Flatboat News-Clippings, 1844 – 1858
8. Misc. Steamboat News-Clippings, 1920s
9. Steamboat Brochures, 1920s
10. Negatives, Misc. Papers
11. Rosters of Indianapolis Firemen, 1877
 
OB74. Fire Alarm Signals (2 items)

IFD Index Card File. 

Box 1 of 2 IFD – General Info; IFD – Pension Fund Past Members, A-I
Box 2 of 2 IFD – Pension Fund Past Members, J-Z; IFD – Pension Fund Present Members (194?), A-Z
 
Volumes. 
1. Diary and Records of Alarms and Activities of Hose Co. no. 8 (?) and no. 15 (?)
2. Fire Alarm Record Book, 1891 – 1894
3. Fire Alarm Record Book, 1893 – 1896
4. Fire Alarm Record Book, 1897 – 1900
5. Fire Alarm Record Book, 1901 – 1904
6. Fire Alarm Record Book, 1905 – 1909
7. Fire Alarm Record Book, 1910 – 1914
8. Fire Alarm Record Book, 1920 – 1924
9. Fire Alarm Record Book, 1924 – 1928
10. Scrapbook thru 1931
11. Scrapbook, 1919 – 1931
12. Scrapbook, 1931 – 1934
13. Scrapbook, 1934 – 1936
14. Scrapbook, 1936 – 1940
15. Scrapbook, 1940 – 1941
16. Scrapbook, 1941 – 1943
17. Fire Alarm Signal Codes
18. Fire Alarm Signal Codes Hose Co. no. 20

Collection Information

Size of Collection: 1 mss box, 11 folders, 1 os folder, 18 volumes
Collection Dates: 1844 – 1940
Provenance: Unknown Donor, 1940s
Access : The collection is open for research use
Restrictions: None
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript Section, Indiana State Library.
Language: Materials are entirely in English
Alternate Formats: Microfilm, 1 reel
Related Holdings: P11, P12
Notes: Adkinson also has a separate 9 box photo collection (P12) of IFD and 10 box photo collection (P11) of Steamboats