Culture in Indiana History – Writers – Arts – Indiana Education – Newspapers

Cultural topics in Indiana history. Free online works on Public Schools, Higher Ed, Theater, Music, Art, Writing, Architecture, Poetry, Newspapers

Find the Directory for 90+ pages in this collection at History of the Great Lakes States.

The Story of Rural School Consolidation in Indiana

Indianapolis : Boorwalter-Ball 1915

This 30 page booklet appears to be a state publication, which describes and justifies
the consolidation of small rural schools into bigger, more efficient and more
effective schools. Photos included.

“Concrete in the Steel City: Constructing Thomas Edison’s House for the Working Man”

Indiana Magazine of History Vol 108, Issue 3, September 2012, pp 245-273

Baas, Christopher
Bloomington: Indiana University

Also see:
– Cameron, William, The World’s Fair, Being a Pictorial History of the Columbian Exposition in Illinois Cultural History
O’Donnell, Thomas Edward, “An Outline of the History of Architecture in Illinois” in Illinois Cultural History;
Varney, Almon C., Our Homes and their Adornments, or, How to Build, Finish, Furnish, and Adorn a Home in Michigan Cultural History

“The Early Schools of Indiana: From the Papers of D. D. Banta” (4 installments)

Article 1: Volume 2, Issue 1, March 1906, pp 41-48

Article 2: Volume 2, Issue 2, June 1906, pp 81-88

Article 3: Volume 2, Issue 3, September 1906, pp 131-138

Article 4: Volume 2, Issue 4, December 1906, pp 191-194

Indiana Magazine of History

Banta, D. D.
Bloomington: Indiana University

Some mid-19th Century school textbooks are at: Great Lakes Region Cultural History: Education, the Arts

Indiana at the World’s Columbian Exposition 1893

Board of World’s Fair Managers of Indiana
Chicago: Rand, McNally 1893

A History of Education in Indiana

Boone, Richard Gause
NY: Appleton 1892

The author was a professor of pedagogics in Indiana University. Parts and chapters headings are:

Part 1 – The Territorial Period, 1793-1816
-The Territorial Acts

Part 2 – Under the First Constitution, 1816-1851
– Constitutional and First Legislative Provisions – Attempts at School Systems – Seminaries and Academies – Private and Incorporated Seminaries – Caleb Mills and the Law of 1849

Part 3 – Under the New Constitution, 1851-1891
– The Second Convention and Article VIII of the Constitution – The School Law of 1852 – Origin and History of the Common School Fund – Permanent Funds – Twenty Years under the New Law – The Law of 1873 – The Present System – The Common School System – School Revenues – Libraries – The State’s Superior Institutions – Supplementary Educational Institutions – The Training of Teachers – Denominational Colleges – Private and Endowed Institutions – Educational Associations – Conclusion

See also: Lewis, G. W., Biography of Samuel Lewis: First Superintendent of Common Schools for the State of Ohio in Ohio Cultural History: Education, Recreation, the Arts

Hoyt, Charles O. and Ford, R. Clyde, John D. Pierce, Founder of the Michigan School System. A Study of Education in the Northwest in Michigan Cultural History: Education, Recreation, the Arts

Education of Females in the 19th Century

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Find 14 more subject pages of books and articles about Indiana at the History of the Great Lakes States Directory.

Art and Artists of Indiana

Burnet, Mary Q.
NY: Century 1921

Also see our collections of Popular Cultural History Articles: Clothes – Food – Recreation and Cultural History Articles – Literature, Music & Fine Arts

More Amazing Tales from Indiana

Cavinder, Fred D.
Indiana University 2003       

Nearly 150 brief stories from Indiana.

“The Early Newspapers of Indiana”

Indiana Magazine of History Vol 2, Issue 3, September 1906, pp 107-121

Cottman, George S.
Bloomington: Indiana University

For online collections of historical Indiana newspapers, see: Indiana History Periodicals: Magazines, Historical Journals & Newspapers
For online collections of historical newspapers from throughout the U.S., see: Section 071.1 United States in Newspapers: Free Online Collections

Indiana Folklore: A Reader

Degh, Linda, ed.
Indiana University 1980       

Old crafts and skills – Place names and oral history – Folk belief, medicine, and magic – Horror stories – Ghosts in the house and on the road – Bibliography of Indiana folklore

Collection of Indiana Biographies & Memoirs

“The Fine Arts in Indianapolis, 1875-1880”

Indiana Magazine of History Vol 50, Issue 2, June 1954, pp 105-118

Draegert, Eva
Bloomington: Indiana University

Books and articles about work, medical care, business & industry, etc. at Indiana Economic History

“The Fine Arts in Indianapolis, 1880-1890”

Indiana Magazine of History Vol 50, Issue 4, December 1954, pp 321-348

Draegert, Eva
Bloomington: Indiana University

The Libraries of Indiana

Dunn, Jacob Piatt
Indianapolis: Indiana World’s Fair Monographs 1893

Indiana Writers of Poems and Prose

Hamilton, Edward Joseph
Chicago: Western Press Association 1902

Indiana University, 1820-1904: Historical Sketch, Development of the Course of Instruction, Bibliography

Harding, Samuel Bannister, ed.
Bloomington, IN: Indiana University 1904

This volume, produced by the University of Indiana, is heavily illustrated with photos of classrooms and university facilities at the turn of the 20th century. Nearly half the volume is a list of publications by alumni and students. Parts and chapter headings are:

Part 1 – Historical Sketch

Part 2 – Development of the Course of Instruction
– Introductory – Departments of Liberal Arts – Relation of the University to the School System of the State – Graduate School – School of Law – School of Medicine – Summer Session – Biological Station – Departments now Discontinued (Agricultural Dept., Normal Dept., Engineering Dept., Military Dept.)

Part 3 – Bibliography
-Publications by Present Members of the Faculty – Publications by Former Members of the Faculty – Publications by Alumni and Students

See our book collection on Education of Girls & Women in the 19th Century U.S.

“A Rural Indiana Weekly as Promoter: Editorials from the Peru Gazette of 1839”

Indiana Magazine of History Volume 65, Issue 1, March 1969, pp 45-56

Houf, Walter R.
Bloomington: Indiana University

For online collections of historical Indiana newspapers, see: Indiana History Periodicals: Magazines, Historical Journals & Newspapers
For online collections of historical newspapers from throughout the U.S., see: Section 071.1 United States in Newspapers: Free Online Collections


Indiana Rural Education Survey Committee
Indianapolis: State of Indiana 1926

Works of Fiction set in Indiana

Indiana State Library and Historical Building

Indiana State Library
Indianapolis: 1934

State Manual and Uniform Course of Study for the Elementary and High Schools of Indiana

Jones, Frank L.
Indianapolis: Indiana Dept. of Public Instruction 1901

Literary Clubs of Indiana

McKay, Martha Nicholson
Indianapolis: Bowen-Merrill 1894

Books and articles on Native American tribes in historic Indiana

The Hoosiers

Nicholson, Meredith
NY: Macmillan 1916

Poets and Poetry of Indiana

A representative collection of the poetry of Indiana during the first hundred years of its history as territory and state, 1800 to 1900

Parker, Benjamin S. and Heiney, Enos B., comp. and ed.
NY: Silver, Burdett 1900

400 pages of poems by well over 100 Hoosier poets.

See also: Books about 19th Century American Women Authors

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Books and articles on Religion in historic Indiana

Indiana Houses of the Nineteenth Century

Peat, Wilbur David
Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society 1962

Some Indiana Writers and Poets

Rice, Alonzo, ed.
Marion, IN: Teachers Journal. 1908

A small book with one-page biographies and portraits of popular Hoosier writers.

See also: Books about 19th Century American Women Authors

For information on profiled authors, see: Sharp, Robert Farquharson, Dictionary of English Authors, Biographical and Bibliographical in Century Past Collective Biographies: Authors Q–Z and Adams, Oscar Fay, Dictionary of American Authors in Century Past Collective Biographies – Authors A–F

Books and articles about everyday life, women, ethnic groups, social issues etc. at Topics in the social history of Indiana

“Julia L. Dumont of Vevay”

Indiana Magazine of History Vol. 34 no. 3 (September 1938): 298-306

Skelcher, Lucille Detraz and Jane Lucille Skelcher
Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society

Julia Louisa Cory Dumont (1794-1857) was raised in New York by a widowed mother. She arrived in Vevay, IN in 1814 with her husband, where she began a long dual career; as an inspiring and revered teacher, and as a popular and respected author.

See also: Books about 19th Century American Women Authors

Julia Dumont, Vevay Indiana, author, writer, books online free

The Indiana Schools and the Men who have Worked in Them

Smart, James H., ed.
Cincinnati: Wilson, Hinkle. 1876

This book was produced by a committee appointed by the Indiana State Board of Education in 1875, and the chapters were written by different authors. Chapter headings are:

– Early School Days – School Legislation – Our Eminent Educators – Teachers’ Associations, Normal Schools, Libraries, etc. – Colleges and College Work – Reformatory and Benevolent Institutions – Women in the Schools – The Idea of a Normal School – The Present System (with Statistical Tables)

history of education, free ebooks, public education, teachers, Indiana public schools, women in education, education law

Sixteenth Report (for 1867 & 1868)

Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Indiana
Indianapolis: State of Indiana 1869

The Play-party in Indiana: a collection of folk-songs and games, with descriptive introduction and correlating notes

Wolford, Leah Jackson
City, Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Commission. 1916

The play party was common in Indiana rural areas in pioneer days, especially where people belonged to churches that forbid dancing. It was an evening social event for young, single people that involved a variety of intricate dance-like steps accompanied by singing of folk songs, but without musical instruments. According to the author, the custom still survived in some parts of Indiana at the beginning of the 20th century, but was gradually disappearing. Parts and chapter headings are:

Part 1 – the Play-Party and its Environment
– The Play-Party in Indiana a Generation Ago – The Play-Party in Indiana at Present

Part 2 – Play-Party Songs and Games
– Introductory Note – Glossary to Part 2 – List of Games (over 55 games are described, with lyrics, music notation, description of the ‘dance’, and some background information) – Traces of British Influence in Play-Party Melodies

Part 3 – Classification of Play-Party Games
– On the Basis of Age of Players – On the Basis of Dramatic Features – On the Basis of Dance Formation – On the Basis of Geographical Location – Bibliography

Books and articles on education, the arts, journalism, recreation and architecture are in Cultural history of the Great Lakes region

Higher Education in Indiana

Woodburn, James Albert
Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office. 1891

The author provided this book to the U.S. Department of the Interior in 1889, with an accompanying ‘Letter of Transmittal’. In it he wrote that the book “contains an outline of the free common school system of the State, a brief account … of the development of its common schools; and a historical account of the origin, growth, and development, and the present condition, of Indiana’s various institutions for Higher Education.” Chapter headings are:

– Introduction – Territorial Legislation of the Continental Congress – The Common School System of Indiana – The Indiana Seminary – The College and the University – Purdue University – The Indiana State Normal School – Rose Polytechnic Institute – The Denominational Institutions: De Pauw, Wabash, Butler, Franklin, Hanover, Earlham, Notre Dame, Fort Wayne, Moore’s Hill, Hartsville, Minor Institutions. – The Independent Normal Schools: Valparaiso, Central (Danville), Southern Indiana (Mitchell). – Conclusion

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Indiana University: Its History from 1820, When Founded, to 1890

With Biographical Sketches of its Presidents, Professors, and Graduates, and a list of its students from 1820 to 1887

Wylie, Theophilus A.
Indianapolis: W.B. Burford, 1890

Chapter headings are:

– The University as Fostered and Developed by Legislation – The Indiana Seminary – The History of the University from 1828 to 1890 – Sketches of the Presidents of the University – Sketches of the Professors – Sketches of the Graduates of the Collegiate Department – Sketches of the Graduates of the Law Department – List of Non- Graduate Students of the Law Department – Supplement to Collegiate Department – The First College Catalogue – List of Students of the Collegiate and Preparatory Departments, Non- Graduates of Indiana University – Members of the Board of Trustees and Officers of the Board

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Catalogue of a Collection of Books Relating to the History and Geography of Indiana

and Books by Indiana Authors. For sale by Yohn Brothers, Indianapolis

Yohn Brothers
Indianapolis: 1878

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