The Resource Dorothy G. Helmer papers

Dorothy G. Helmer papers

Label
Dorothy G. Helmer papers, 1973
Title
Dorothy G. Helmer papers
Inclusive dates
1973
Creator
Creator
Subject
Language
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
This collection contains typescript written by Dorothy G. Helmer regarding the Indianapolis Propylaeum's Mansion located at 1410 N. Delaware Street. Detailed information about the house as well as genealogical information about the original owner, John W. Schmidt (1856-1914), and the second owner, Joseph C. Schaf (1859-1934), are included. The typescript was added to sections 7 and 8 of the National Register of Historic Places nomination form that the Indianapolis Propylaeum submitted to the National Park Service in May, 1973. The home was approved and included in the National Registry of Historic Places that same year
Biographical or historical data
  • The Indianapolis Propylaeum was founded by May Wright Sewell (1844-1920). The word propylaeum, comes from the Greek word 'propylaea' and was used to represent "gateway to culture". May Wright Sewell and a committee of women from the Indianapolis Woman's Club sold stock certificates to raise the money to build their own facility for meetings. The group's first building was located at 17 East North Street and was dedicated on January 27, 1891. The building of the World War Memorial Plaza required the group to relocate. The "Schmidt-Schaf House" (circa 1891) at 1410 N. Delaware St. was available and the organization was able to purchase it by selling more stock certificates. The Victorian Mansion was repaired and redecorated and the club opened it on October 16, 1923. The Indianapolis Propylaeum continues to offer a venue for events for both members and the community and it is promoted as "The Gateway to a Classic Experience." Sources:Griffith, Margot Doane. 1974.Historical Sketch, the Propylaeum Story: "Many Times Told.". Indianapolis: s.n.. IN.gov. "Indianapolis Propylaeum." Indiana Historical Bureau. Accessed September 17, 2015. http://www.in.gov/history/markers/IndyProp.htm.ThePropylaeum.org. "Our Founder: May Wright Sewell (1844-1920)." The Indianapolis Propylaeum. Accessed September 17, 2015. http://thepropylaeum.org/about/our-founder/.
  • Dorothy Garr Helmer was born on January 15, 1908 in St. Cloud, Minnesota to Dr. John Louis and Edna Mabel Helmer. She spent her childhood in Bunker Hill, Indiana then moved with her parents to Indianapolis. Miss Helmer graduated from Butler University in 1928 and also attended the John Herron Art School. She was a self-employed interior designer in Indianapolis for 35 years. She was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority, American Society of Interior Designers, and the National Society of Arts and Letters. She was also a board member of the Indianapolis Propylaeum. She died at the age of 91 on April 24, 1999.Sources:"Dorothy Garr Helmer." The Indianapolis Star, April 26, 1999, B6."Former Kokomoan is Decorator." Kokomo Tribune, January 29, 1961, 14."They Achieve." The Indianapolis Star, January 12, 1947, 16.
Cataloging source
ISL
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1908-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Helmer, Dorothy Garr
Location of other archival material
Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections at the Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN: ISLI 374.2 G854H: Historical Sketches, Indianapolis Propylaeum: "Many Times Told"ISLI 374.2 I388PRY: Indianapolis PropylaeumS2865: Helen Glessner Scott papers
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Indianapolis Propylaeum
  • National Register of Historic Places
  • Women
  • Indianapolis (Ind.)
Label
Dorothy G. Helmer papers
Link
https://archives.isl.lib.in.us/repositories/2/resources/2197
Instantiates
Note
Processing Information: Collection processing completed 2015/09/17 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2015/09/17 by Laura Eliason
Arrangement
This collection is arranged chronologically.
Carrier category
unspecified
Carrier category code
zu
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
unspecified
Content type code
zzz
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
21293457
Extent
0.01 Cubic feet
Governing access note
This collection is open for research
Media category
unspecified
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
z
Ownership
This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Dorothy G. Helmer on 1973/07/06.
System control number
(OCoLC)1023504230
Terms governing use
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.
Type of unit
1 folder
Label
Dorothy G. Helmer papers
Link
https://archives.isl.lib.in.us/repositories/2/resources/2197
Note
Processing Information: Collection processing completed 2015/09/17 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2015/09/17 by Laura Eliason
Arrangement
This collection is arranged chronologically.
Carrier category
unspecified
Carrier category code
zu
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
unspecified
Content type code
zzz
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
21293457
Extent
0.01 Cubic feet
Governing access note
This collection is open for research
Media category
unspecified
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
z
Ownership
This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Dorothy G. Helmer on 1973/07/06.
System control number
(OCoLC)1023504230
Terms governing use
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.
Type of unit
1 folder

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