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Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI L573 (Text) 00000106658339 Manuscripts Available -

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  • Physical Description: 9.6 Cubic feet 2 manuscript boxes, 11 oversize boxes, 1 oversize folder

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General Note:
Processing Information: Collection processing completed 2013/06 by Bethany Fiechter.
Restrictions on Access Note:
This collection is open for research.
Summary, etc.:
Given to the Indiana State Library in 1930, the Christian Schrader collection includes correspondence, drawings, negatives, and family photographs ranging from circa 1842-1987, regarding Schrader’s family, friends, and early Indianapolis and its surrounding cities. Negatives are available for most of the collection but not all of the drawings. In 1962, Robert A. Twente created 8 inch x 10 inch glossy photographic prints of Schrader’s drawings, courtesy of Mr. Eli Lilly. These photographic prints are selected drawings, reproduced in color.
Preferred Citation of Described Materials Note:
Christian Schrader collection, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Note:
Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Biographical or Historical Data:
Christian Schrader was born in Indiana on January 6, 1842, to John and Johanna Schrader. As a child, Schrader dreamed of making a living as an artist. During the 1850s and 1860s, he learned the importance of history and technique of art with a group of men, including prominent portrait and landscape artist, Jacob Cox and Henry Waugh. Schrader predominately sketched in pencil using people, buildings and landscapes to record early Indianapolis. Never identifying himself as a professional artist, Schrader decided on a mercantile career during the 1850s. By 1854, he was a clerk at George G. Homan’s dry goods store located in the Odd Fellows Building. During the 1860s and early 1870s, Schrader worked as a clerk at John Woodbridge & Company, a china and glassware shop on West Washington Street. In 1872, he opened his own store on 116 East Washington Street, known for exquisite china, glassware, queensware, and statuary. Schrader retired from his business in 1909 and moved to Denver, Colorado to live with his daughter Lotta. Around 1911, he moved to Madison, Indiana to live with his daughter Louise. After retirement, Schrader began pencil drawing once more, renewing his interest in early art sketches he created during the mid to late 1800s. Schrader is well-known for sketching Indianapolis street by street and block by block, accounting for over 170 buildings total. He relied on his early sketches to record Indianapolis as well as from his memory and the memories of others. Christian Schrader died of a stroke on February 20, 1920 in Madison, Indiana.
Language Note:
Materials are entirely in English.
Accumulation and Frequency of Use Note:
No further additions are expected.
Subject: Schrader, Christian, 1842-1920.
Genre: Drawings.

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