Celebrate the Century: Historical Surveys, Part 2 of 3
Dates:  1998-2000
Accession Number:  20001231; Sm. D.C. 26
Description:  Four document cases and one small document case

Project History

In 1998, a "Celebrate the Century" steering committee was formed to develop a year-long series of programs, events, and special projects in 1999 to celebrate the end of the 20th century. The steering committee was comprised of community leaders from various local institutions and organizations and included Betty Martin, Chris Schellenberg, and board member Dorothy Jerse from the Vigo County Public Library.

The mission and goals developed for the entire project are as follows:

Mission:  Celebrate the past, enjoy the present and meet the wave of change in our future


The Historical Survey Project was developed as one major component of "Celebrate the Century." Susan Dehler (Special Collections Archivist, Vigo County Public Library) drafted three separate questionnaires or surveys to be sent to local churches, businesses, and organizations. The objective was to obtain historical information about community institutions that could be deposited in the Community Archives at the Vigo County Public Library as a valuable resource for future generations.

The steering committee finalized the format of the questionnaires to be sent out. Institutions were encouraged to donate original materials, photographs, and printed histories to complement the information provided by the survey.

Approximately 800 surveys were sent to local businesses; the mailing list was developed from the 1998 membership directory of the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce. Approximately 316 surveys were sent to local clubs and organizations; the mailing list was developed from the Vigo County Public Library's clubs and organizations database maintained in the Community Services Department. Approximately, 208 surveys were sent to local churches; the mailing list was donated by community member, Dick Pierard.

Additional surveys were distributed by some steering committee members to a few random local organizations not on any of the mailing lists. Some institutions (such as, Gibault School for Boys and Covered Bridge Girl Scout Council) were on both the business and organization mailing lists and received two surveys, but there is very little redundancy in the collection beyond this.

A total of 233 surveys were returned to the Vigo County Public Library (23 churches, 133 businesses, and 77 organizations). These historical surveys along with some of the original material donated with them have become a permanent collection in the library's Community Archives. Throughout the year 1999, a Timeline of Vigo County History was displayed in the main lobby of the Vigo County Public Library. Historical information for the timeline was based on the information provided by the historical surveys, additional material in the Community Archives, and data supplemented by local historian Dorothy Jerse.

The Timeline has become a part of the Vigo County Public Library's WEB page and the information and materials that were part of the original Timeline display have been deposited at the Historical Museum of the Wabash Valley.

Content and Scope of Collection

This collection contains the 233 returned historical surveys and any additional historical material included with them by the responding church, business, or organization. The survey includes the name, title, and date of the person who filled out the form and the amount of information submitted by each institution varies widely. Some forms contain scant information while others are fairly complete and include printed institutional histories, original programs or brochures, company logos and graphics.

The surveys are arranged by type (church, business, organization) and within each category are presented in alphabetical order by name of organization. Also included with the collection are the master mailing lists, the inventory lists of surveys as they were received, and the working file of Susan Dehler, Project Archivist.

Small Document Case

Business Surveys






Folder 1

Inventory list of returned
Business surveys
(132 total plus 1 unidentified)





Folder 2

A-1 Sanitation, Inc.


American Red Cross of the Wabash Valley

Ampacet Corporation

Apartment Owners and Managers Association of Greater Terre Haute, Inc.

Associated Design Professionals, Inc.

Associated Door and Plywood Company of Indiana, Inc.



Folder 3

B & A Electric

Big Brothers Big Sisters of
Vigo County, Inc.

The Box Store

Brattain & Nattkemper Law Firm





Folder 4

C & E Environmental, Inc.

CDI, Inc.

The Callahan Funeral Home

The Callahan & Hughes Funeral Home

Catholic Charities of Terre Haute

Christman Company

Computer Creations

Construction Technology Associates, Inc.

Computer Solutions Systems Co., Inc.

Construction Aggregate Trucking

The Country Club of Terre Haute

Cummins Mental Health Center





Folder 5

Covered Bridge Girl Scout Council





Folder 6

Dentists: Thomas A. Layman, DDS





Folder 7

Earl C. Rodgers & Associates, Inc.

Engineered Homes Inc.

Ermisch Cleaners & Shirt Laundry





Folder 8

Family Service Association of the Wabash Valley, Inc.

Forrest Sherer, Inc.

Forsyth Brothers Concrete Products, Inc.

Foxes of Fire

Furnas Pet Care





Folder 9

Forest Management Services, Inc.





Folder 10

Garmong Design/Build Construction

G.E. Engine Services - Tri Remanufacturing

The Great American Carpet Store, Inc.

Great Wheels, Inc.

Gurman Container & Supply Corp.





Folder 11

Gibault School for Boys

(See also D.C. 3)





Folder 12

Glas-Col Apparatus Company


Document Case 2

Business Surveys





Folder 1

Heartland Steel, Inc.

Heinl's Flower Shop

Herm Rassel Mens & Ladies Fashions

Hillman Jewelers, Inc.

Hoosier Handpak, Inc.

HPS Office Systems





Folder 2

Hamilton Center, Inc.





Folder 3

Happiness Bag, Incorporated





Folder 4

Ideas Incorporated

Illiana Truck Parts, Inc.

Imperial Lanes, Inc.

Indiana-American Water Company, Inc.

Indiana Wholesalers of Terre Haute, Inc.

Inland Aquatics

Ivy Tech State College, Region 7



Folder 5

Jack and June's Poplar Flower Shop

Johnstone Supply

Jones Tool & Machine, Inc.

Joseph Realtors, Inc.

Junior Achievement of the Wabash Valley, Inc.





Folder 6

J.C. Penney Company, Inc.





Folder 7

Kadel's Hallmark

Kamikaze Karate Martial Arts Emporium

Kelly Metal Products, Inc.

Kessco Water, Inc.

Kirkham Hardwoods, Inc.

Kitchen Interiors, Inc.

Kleptz Aluminum and Vinyl Products, Inc.

Koenig Scale Company, Inc.





Folder 8

L A Stained Glass





Folder 9

Zuerner's Lawn & Garden Tractor Co., Inc./

dba Lawn & Garden Tractor Co., Truck Caps, & Marine





Folder 10

Mace Lincoln-Mercury

Martin Luther Homes of Indiana, Inc.

Michael R. Farr Agency, Inc.

Microtel Information Systems, Inc.

Miller & White Advertising, Inc.

Miller Floral Co., Inc.

Minnis International, Inc.

Moore Photography

Morris Trucking

Myers Engineering, Inc.





Folder 11

NRK, Inc.

Newlin-Johnson Co., Inc.





Folder 12

The Oakley Corporation

Orthodontics: David M. Giltner, DDS, MS

Overhead Door Company of Terre Haute, Inc.





Folder 13

Pfister & Company, Inc.

Pfizer Inc.

Pino's Il Sonetto

Podiatry: David A. Pressley, DPM

Popejoy's Music Center





Folder 14

Sackrider & Company, Inc.

Sam's Club

Sears, Roebuck and Co. (See D.C. 3)

Shuck Insurance Agency

The Signcenter, Inc.

Spence/Banks, Inc.

Summerlot Engineered Products

Swope Art Museum

Sycamore Engineering, Inc.





Folder 15

Schering-Plough Animal Health





Folder 16

TBM Building Services

Terre Haute (City of)

Terre Haute Convention & Visitors Bureau of Vigo County

Terre Haute First National Bank

Terre Haute Regional Hospital

Terrell & Mardis, PC, CPAs

Thiemann Office Products, Inc.





Folder 17

Terre Haute Brewery Civil War Museum





Folder 18

Terre Haute Savings Bank





Folder 19

Time Warner Cable





Folder 20

Uniquely Gourmet, Incorporated

United Way of the Wabash Valley, Inc.





Folder 21

Van & Sons, Inc.

Vigo County Federal Credit Union

Vigo County School Corporation

Vigo County Teachers Association





Folder 22

Wabash Products

Wabash Valley Animal Hospital

Wabash Valley Capital Management, Inc.

Wabash Valley Harley Davidson

Wabash Valley Pizza Hut, Inc.

Walker Motor & Machine, Inc.

Western Indiana Employment & Training Services, Inc.

Westminster Village

Whiteco Outdoor Advertising

Williams and Associates, Inc.

Williams Randall Marketing Communications

Wilson (Robert L.) Insurance Agency

Wolohan-Powell-Stephenson Lumber Co.

Woodburn Graphics

Wright, Shagley, & Lowery



Document Case 3

Business Surveys





Folder 1

Sears, Roebuck and Co.






Book: 1897 Sears Roebuck Catalogue, New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1968.







Book: Weil, Gordon L. Sears, Roebuck, U.S.A.: The Great American Catalog Store and How It Grew. New York: Stein and Day Publishers, 1977.







Book: Worthy, James C. Shaping an American Institution: Robert E. Wood and Sears, Roebuck. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1984.






Videotape (VHS): Gibault School 75th Anniversary. Real Images Video Productions, Indianapolis, IN. [circa 1996]


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