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Manual H.S. Yearbooks Available Online!

March 06, 2013

Manual High School YearbookYearbooks from Manual High School in Indianapolis dating back to the 1890's are the latest in a growing collection of digital resources that highlight local history found on The Indianapolis Public Library's website at www.indypl.org.

Thousands of images from Manual High School yearbooks over a 114-year period through 2005 are available for viewing and downloading. They reflect the fascinating evolution of the school, originally known as the Industrial Training School when its doors opened in 1895 and it quickly gained national attention as a successful education experiment. The school combined a traditional curriculum with courses in manual skills, such as mechanics, drafting and home nursing.

In 1916, after several name changes, the school became known as Charles E. Emmerich Manual Training High School in honor of the school's first principal. It was Emmerich who, in 1909, began the tradition of planting a sprig of ivy against the west wall of the school. The Ivy Day tradition continued and, in 1949, the school's yearbook name was changed from the Senior Booster to the Ivian.

Notable Manual High School alumni include Walter Bedell Smith, U.S. Army general and Chief of Staff to Dwight Eisenhower; Maria Cantwell, U.S. Senator; Dick and Tom Van Arsdale, star basketball players; and Joe Rand Beckett, a prominent local attorney who led the drive to build modern housing for low income residents in Indianapolis.

Digitized from the collection of hard copies found in the Nina Mason Pulliam Indianapolis Special Collection Room at Central Library and in the Archives Room at Manual High School, the Manual yearbooks are the latest to be included in the Library's online collection of historic images and recordings which can be freely accessed. Other collections feature images from the Chamber of Commerce newsletters, the Indianapolis Firefighters Museum, Tech and Shortridge High School yearbooks, the May Wright Sewall Papers, the Indianapolis Postcard Collection, Irvington oral histories, and recordings of poetry from James Whitcomb Riley.

The Library and its digitization partner, IUPUI University Library, present this collection made available by Emmerich Manual High School and the Manual Alumni Association and published with funding provided by The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund.