Building a Nation: Collection of Photos Rescued

The IGS recently rescued a hidden collection of more than 10,000 photographs of buildings that were built from Indiana limestone. The photos, originally used by the Indiana Limestone Company for marketing purposes, were housed in a dilapidated house in Bedford, Indiana, and were beginning to deteriorate. They were taken from the early to mid-1900s and illustrate architectural styles, limestone uses, and limestone types. Reflecting the urban transformation of the country, the collection details commercial, municipal, institutional, and residential building projects in nearly every state. IGS staff categorized and scanned the photos and, working with the Indiana University Libraries, have made the Indiana and Chicago parts of Building a Nation: The Indiana Limestone Photograph Collection available on the Web.
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