Nature Study Club

L227, V190
9 boxes, 2 volumes

Manuscripts & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

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Processed by: Jill Costill, September 1997
Updated by: Elizabeth Wilkinson, 2004

Historical Note:

The Nature Study Club of Indiana was founded in 1908 by William Watson Woollen of
Indianapolis and was incorporated in 1914. Woollen, best known for his legal writings, was also an avid naturalist. On Dec. 9, 1909, Woollen presented to the city "Woollen's Garden of Birds and Botany,” commonly known as "Buzzards' Roost" and soon after started the Nature Study Club of Indiana.  The Club was dissolved in December 1996.

Charter members of the Nature Study Club included prominent Indianapolis citizens of the
time such as Judge Robert W. McBride, Rev. Frank Scott Corey Wicks, founder of the All
Souls Unitarian Church in Indianapolis, John Newell Hurty, Chemist, Chauncy Butler, an
early Minster of the Church of Christ in Indianapolis, James A. Rohbach, former Dean of
Indiana Law School, Willis Blatchley, Indiana State Geologist, and many others.

Scope and Content Note:

Collection consists of scrapbooks, newsletters, photographs, minute books, member
rosters, and programs of the Nature Study Club of Indiana from 1911 1986.

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 (# of items)

"From the Buzzers Roost", newsletters, Mar.   Dec. 1914 (7) Newsletters (later titled, "The Hoosier Outdoors"), May 1926 Feb. 1930 (43) "The Hoosier Outdoors", newsletters, Mar. 1930 Nov. 1936 (77) "The Hoosier Outdoors", newsletters, Jan. 1937 Jan. 1948 (133) "The Hoosier Outdoors", newsletters, Feb. 1948 Oct. 1976 (173) Printer's Blocks used for newsletters: Female portraits (4) Male portraits (8   in 2 bundles) Forest scene (2   wrapped separately) "Scraps from the Banquet" (1) "The Hoosier Outdoors" (1) "From the Buzzers Roost" (1) unidentifiable image (1)

Box 2 (# of items)

"The Hoosier Outdoors", newsletter, Jan. 1977 Dec. 1986 (54)
Nature Study Club yearbooks, 1920, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930,
 1931, 1932, 1932 1936, 1937 1945 (13)
Miscellaneous papers, annual audit report 1972, Committees, 1973 75, narrative of
 Bicentennial Tour, financial report, 1977, Club background, T.C. Steele State
 Memorial brochure, Woollen's Gardens postcard, Harder's Kennels advertisement,
W.S. Blatchley memorial program, cartoon map of Yosemite, National Geographic picture,
 "The Discoverer" (19)
Annual Dinner programs, 1914, 1915, 1917, 1919, 1921, 1922, 1923, 192,4, 1925, 1928,
 1931, 1932, 1939, 1945, 1966, 1983