Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Indiana W.P.A. mss., 1936, are those papers for the state of Indiana generated by the U.S. Works Progress Administration with the National Archives as a cooperating sponsor in conducting a nation-wide survey of Federal Archives. The Indiana Director of the Survey was William Orlando Lynch, 1870-1957, historian, of Bloomington, Indiana, and his assistant was Joshua Harley Nichols, 1891?-1967, historian, of Templeton, Indiana. The papers titled General Letter No. 58, August 1, 1936, and Public Vouchers for Reimbursement of Travel and Other Expenses related to the accomplishment of the survey in Indiana during the period of March 3 to September 18, 1936.

The first part of the collection consist of carbon copies of the original reports noting types of records maintained by the following agencies in Indiana: American Red Cross, Civil Service Commission, Civil Works Administration, Commerce, Emergency Conservation Work, Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works, Federal Emergency Relief Administration, Federal Home Loan Bank Board, Federal Housing Administration, Indiana State Civil Works Administration, Interior, Interstate Commerce Commission, Judiciary, Justice, Labor, National Academy of Sciences, National Emergency Council, National Industrial Recovery Administration, National Labor Relations Board, National Youth Administration, Navy, Reconstruction Finance Corporation, Rural Electrification Administration, Territorial Government, Treasury, Veterans' Administration, Works Progress Administration.

Following these agency reports are the actual survey forms relating to the physical facilities and location of federal archives in Indiana. These are arranged in seven series: Correspondence; Agency reports; Building reports; Room reports; Motion Picture, Photograph, and Sound Record collections; Serials reports, and Weekly reports.

ca. 4.5 linear ft.

Collection size: 1,300 items

For more information about this collection and any related materials contact the Public Services Department, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405. Call (812) 855-2452 or send an email using our Ask a Question form.