Check out the newly launched Building a Nation: Indiana Limestone Photograph Collection curated by the Indiana Geological Survey and published by the Indiana University Libraries. The Indiana Geological Survey recently rescued a collection of over 10,000 photographs from the early to mid-1900s; these photographs were used by the Indiana Limestone Company (Bedford, Ind.) for marketing purposes, namely, to illustrate architectural styles, limestone uses, and limestone types. The images reflect the urban transformation of the United States, but were hidden for decades in a dilapidated house on the outskirts of a quarrying operation in southern Indiana. The collection shows the extensive use of Indiana limestone in commercial, municipal, institutional, and residential building projects in nearly every state.
Indiana University’s Office of the Vice Provost provided funding for this portion of the collection to be inventoried, catalogued, and scanned by the Indiana Geological Survey. The images available thus far are from Indiana and Chicago and their corresponding data.