WPA Projects in the Indiana State Library
Manuscripts & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library
Finding Aid by: Sarah Pfundstein, November 2012
The Indiana State library was created by the General Assembly in 1827 as a research library for use by legislators and government officials. In 1925, the library was combined with the Public Library Commission, the Historical Bureau, and the Legislative Reference Bureau to create the Indiana Library and Historical Board. In 1929, a special levy of two cents applied over three years was created to raise funds for a new building and property that was located at the corner of Ohio St. and Senate Ave. in Indianapolis, IN. The building was renovated twice first in 1971 and later in 2000. The library’s collection contains over two million volumes and three million manuscripts as well as federal documents, microfilm, and maps.
The Works Projects Administration was created as part of the New Deal employing people to carry out public works projects. At the height of the program, they employed over 3 million people. It was eventually discontinued in 1943 due to World War II and low unemployment.
Source: Encyclopedia of American History, 7th Ed., Jeffrey B. Morris and Richard B. Morris, eds., 1996. The Oxford Companion to American History, Thomas H. Johnson. 1966)
The collection contains information about service the Indiana State Library offers due to funding by the Works Projects Administration. The services offered include conservation assistance in the Archives Division, the Newspaper File and Index, and Book Mending; transcription of books for Services for the Blind, compiling the County History Index, supplemental staff to maintain the stacks and the creation of the Historical Markers Project. The collection is in both English and Braille.
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.
Folder and Item Listing:
Folder 1. WPA Projects in the Indiana State Library
No Date Two copies, one in Braille and the other English
Size of Collection: 1 folder
Collection Dates: No Date
Provenance: Transferred to the Manuscript Division 10-23-2012
Access: The Collection is Open for Research Use
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, Braille