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Horse Thief Detective Association
Warren Township, Marion County
1892 – 1933
1 mss box

Manuscripts & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

Finding Aid by: Sarah Pfundstein, December 2012

Organizational History:

The Horse Thief Detective Association was a vigilante group active in many Indiana towns and counties from the early 1850s through the 1920s. During the 1920s, it became associated with the Ku Klux Klan.


Information Found within Collection

Scope and Content:

Collection contains Receipt books (1892-1929 &1931-1933), Roll call book of members (1914-1932), a certificate of appointment to a Constable, payment cards for dues, a metal sign, and a petition for constable powers.

Photocopy Policy:

Manuscript material CANNOT be photocopied or digitized in its entirety. Photocopies and/or digital reproductions (i.e. scans, digital photographs) cannot exceed 25% of a COLLECTION or FOLDER within a collection. In some cases, photocopying may not be permitted due to the condition of the item. Please check with the Manuscript Librarian for possible alternatives.

Collection Inventory

Box and Folder Listing:

Box 1.  Horse Thief Detective Association 1892-1933

1. Receipt Book 1931-1933
2. Payments, Commissions, petitions, etc.
3. Roll Book 1914-1932
4. Receipt Book 1892-1929
5. Metal Sign: Warren Township Horse Thief Detective Co.

Collection Information:

Size of Collection: 1 mss box, 5 folders
Collection Dates: 1892 – 1933
Provenance:  Walter E. Shearer and W. S. Askren 11/29/1961
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 and Rare Books Division, Indiana State Library.
Language: Materials are entirely in: English
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