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Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center Records, 1911-1979, bulk 1937-1965.

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Available copies

  • 2 of 2 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI L310 (Text) 00000106353642 Manuscripts Available -
Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI V242 (Text) 55541-9781 Manuscripts Available -

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  • Physical Description: 3 manuscripts boxes, 2 volumes

Content descriptions

General Note:
Processing information: Collection processing completed 1999 by Andrea Bean Hough and Phil Williams. Reprocessed 2006/10 by Elizabeth M. Wilkinson. Finding aid updated 2015/11/04 by Laura Eliason.
Summary, etc.:
The collection includes reports, financial records, and other items from the American Settlement/Southwest Social Center/Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center, dating from 1911-1979, with the bulk of the material dating 1937-1965. There are two series: Administrative Records and Financial Records. The materials document the clubs and classes offered by the center, include some annual reports and newsletters, and also provide financial records on the building of the "new center" in 1961. The "Assorted" file at the end of the collection includes a constitution, clippings, and other miscellaneous items. Also included at the end is a file on the early history of West Indianapolis which contains an oral history and a short history of the area.
Preferred Citation of Described Materials Note:
Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center Records, Rare Books and Manuscript Section, Indiana State Library.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Note:
Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript Section, Indiana State Library. Possession of a reproduction from an Indiana State Library collection does not constitute permission for use.
Biographical or Historical Data:
The American Settlement was a social service agency established in 1923 after two earlier agencies, Foreign House and Presbyterian (Cosmopolitan) Chapel were merged. It was founded to "Americanize" the foreign community of Indianapolis and aid them with the U.S. government's citizenship examinations. It provided clubs, classes, and other activities. In 1939 the agency moved to West Morris Street and was renamed the Southwest Social Center. In 1957 the agency built new buildings along West Morris Street. The agency was again renamed and became the Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center in 1961 after its longtime director, Mary Rigg. Ms. Rigg was director from 1924 to 1961.
Accumulation and Frequency of Use Note:
No further additions are expected.
Subject: Mary Rigg Center (Indianapolis, Ind.)
American Settlement (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Clubs > Indiana > Indianapolis.
Community centers > Indiana > History.
Social settlements > Indiana > History.
Sports > Indiana > Indianapolis.
Indianapolis (Ind.)

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