IndyPL is looking for community volunteers for the Digital Indy Crowdsourcing project
March 3, 2022
INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Public Library (IndyPL) is asking the community to help identify parks that have been photographed from the early 1900s through the 1990s with little or no information attached to them. These photographs are part of IndyPL’s Digital Indy Collection, an online archive of documents, images, videos and recordings that shed light on local history.
The Indy Parks and Recreation Digital Indy Collection includes more than 17,000 images and documents depicting the history of the city’s parks. The collection spans decades before the formal establishment of the Indianapolis park system. Over 1,500 photographs in this collection have little or no identifying information attached to them.
“For this project, we are looking for volunteers to help connect our unidentified or under-identified images to specific parks,” said Katie Farmer, Digital Projects Coordinator at IndyPL. “These unidentified photos include features and scenery in the park, as well as events such as guests cheering at football games and families decorating bikes with children. They offer a unique insight into the history of Indianapolis and the people who call our city their home, and we’d like to give proper attribution to the people and places in these photos. It’s a scavenger hunt through Indianapolis history.
The collection has been preserved largely through the diligence of long-time Indy Parks and Recreation employee Rupert Daily, who recorded, saved and organized thousands of photo negatives and slides while working for Indy Parks between 1945 and 1993. some of the city’s most notable and historic public assets, including Garfield Park, Riverside Park, Holiday Park, Highland Park, Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Park, and Eagle Creek Park.
To volunteer for this crowdsourcing project, visit www.digitalindy.org/digital/custom/ipr.