Inventory
 

Vigo Preservation Alliance Records
Dates: 1980-1992
Accession Number:  20030815
Donor:  Harriet McNeal
Description: Nine document cases 
 

History 

The Vigo Preservation Alliance (VPA) was founded in November 1980 as the Preservation Resource Alliance for the purpose of advocating and assisting in the preservation and renovation (adaptive re-use) of historic buildings within Vigo County, Indiana.  The VPA took over work started by Terre Haute Civic Improvement, Inc. a group interested in revitalizing Terre Haute's downtown district.  In 1983, Preservation Resource Alliance reincorporated and changed its name to Vigo Preservation Alliance.  

During the time covered in this collection, the Vigo Preservation Alliance was deeply involved in six major renovation, or adaptive re-use, projects in Vigo County.  The six projects were: (1) renovation of the Indiana Theatre; (2) an architectural survey of downtown Terre Haute; (3) renovation or removal of the Preston House; (4) renova-tion of the Big 4 railroad depot on 7th Street; (5) renovation of the Allen Chapel A. M. E. Church; and (6) the preservation/renovation of unoccupied school buildings.  

In addition to these six large-scale projects, the Vigo Preservation Alliance participated in two ventures of a smaller scale - the renovation of the Vigo County Court-house and the preservation and renovation of Memorial Hall. 

The VPA compiled clippings files which documented its history; the success or failure of its preservation efforts; general articles about preservation; and articles about historic sites and structures around the Wabash Valley area that were undergoing or had undergone preservation.  The Vigo Preservation Alliance seems to have had minimal or no involvement in this last-mentioned area. 

In the course of its activities, the Vigo Preservation Alliance acted in partnership with the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana (HLFI) and was a member organization of HLFI's Affiliate Council; belonged to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and received mailings from other historic preservation organizations.  The organization subscribed to several publications addressing historic preservation and adaptive reuse issues.
           

Content and Scope of Collection 

The Vigo Preservation Alliance records include correspondence, memoranda, reports, brochures, minutes, press releases, histories, news clippings, newsletters, photographs, magazines, and handwritten notes. 

The collection has been arranged in the following order:  (1) general files, (2) major renovation projects, (3) materials related to VPA's interest in historic sites and structures in the Wabash Valley,  (4) historic preservation organizations, and (5) preservation-related magazines and newsletters.           

Document Case 1

 

 

 

 

Folder 1

Annual report

1990-1991

 

 

 

 

"A Brief History of the VPA"

May 1991

 

 

 

 

Notes on preservation

n.d. (ca. 1990)

 

 

 

Folder 2

Preservation Resource Alliance: Organiza-
  tional meeting

Nov. 1980

 

 

 

Folder 3

Terre Haute Civic Improvement, Inc.

1982-1986

 

 

 

Folder 4

Vigo Preservation Alliance, Inc. 
  (Includes list of new officers and board
    members; minutes of first meeting;
    incorporation materials)

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 5

Articles of incorporation, Vigo Preservation
  Alliance

March 18, 1983

 

 

 

 

Articles of incorporation, amended

Oct. 9, 1986

 

 

 

 

Tax-exempt status application

Oct. 9, 1986

 

 

 

 

Letter granting tax-exempt status

Dec. 10, 1986

 

 

 

Folder 6

By-laws

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 7

By-laws and proposed revisions

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 8

Board of Directors: Announcements of
  meetings; meeting agendas; meeting
  minutes

1984-1989

 

 

 

Folder 9

Board of Directors: Announcements of
  meetings; meeting agendas; meeting
  minutes

1990-1991

 

 

 

Folder 10

Board of Directors:  Announcements of
  meetings; meeting agendas; meeting
  minutes

1992-1993

 

 

 

Folder 11

Correspondence

1990

 

 

 

Folder 12

Correspondence

1991-1993

 

 

 

Folder 13

Recommendations for the Board of
  Directors submitted by the Nominating
  Committee 


n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 14

Recruitment of board members

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 15

Lists of board members

1986-1987;
1991-1992

 

 

 

 

 

 

Document Case 2

 

 

 

 

Folder 1

Board of Directors - Board member survey

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 2

"Self-Assessment Guide for Community
  Preservation Organizations" (publication
  of the National Trust for Historic Preserva-
  tion)

n.d.

 

 

 

 

Board Questionnaire; tabulated results of
    board questionnaire

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 3

Membership applications forms and blank
  membership cards

1984-1985;
1989; 1993

 

 

 

Folder 4

Membership lists

1984-1991

 

 

 

Folder 5

General meetings (includes meeting
  announcements, agendas, and minutes)

1983-1986

 

 

 

Folder 6

Newsletters

1984-1986

 

 

 

Folder 7

Newsletters

1987

 

 

 

Folder 8

Newsletters

1988; 1990-1992

 

 

 

Folder 9

Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner -
  Announcements

1986-1991

 

 

 

Folder 10

Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner -
  Announcements

1991

 

 

 

Folder 11

Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner -
  Announcements

1992

 

 

 

Folder 12

Annual report

1991

 

 

 

Folder 13

Awards - press release on presentation of the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce's John K. Lamb Award to Fred Nation of the  Vigo Preservation Alliance

1986

 

 

 

Folder 14

Bank statement, Merchants National Bank

Dec. 1992

 

 

 

Folder 15

Brochures and decals

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 16

Downtown Deco Tour

1992

 

 

 

 

 

 

Document Case 3

 

 

 

 

Folder 1

Field trips/inspection tours to:
  Bloomington, Indiana
  Columbus, Indiana


1986
1984

 

 

 

Folder 2

Historic Building Rehabilitation Tax Credit
  (legislation in the Indiana General
     Assembly)

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 3

Historic Home Information:
  Benjamin Harrison Home, Indianapolis

  Morris Butler House, Indianapolis

n.d.

 

 

 

 

Historic Homes: 
 James Whitcomb Riley Home, Greenfield
    (computer printout about Riley Home
       from an unnamed news service)


n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 4

Home Show Booth photographs

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 5

Indiana Commerce Department publications:

  Team Tourism

  Indiana Attractions Guide - Entry form

  Indiana Festival Guide - Entry form



July/Aug. 1992

1992

1992

 

 

 

Folder 6

Indiana Heritage Research Grant:
  "Rudolph Schwarz: Sculptor  of Indiana
    Civil War Commemorative Monuments"

1986

 

 

 

 

Indiana Historic Preservation Task Force

1986

 

 

 

Folder 7

Indiana State Capitol Building Centennial:
  Letter and invitation to events

1988-1989

 

 

 

Folder 8

Legal fees - Wolfe, Frey, Hunt & Olah law  
  firm

1985

 

 

 

Folder 9

Planning Seminar for future VPA activities

1985

 

 

 

Folder 10

Preservation Resource Reference File in
  Vigo County Public Library

1991

 

 

 

 

"Preservation Week 1992: Bringing History
  to Life."  Preservation News (magazine
  advertisement)

1992

 

 

 

 

"Year of Historic Preservation in Terre
  Haute"  proclamation from the Office of
   the Mayor Pete Chalos

1984

 

 

 

Folder 11

Handwritten notes

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 12

Newspaper Clippings

1981; 1986-1987

 

 

 

Folder 13

Newspaper Clippings

1987-1988

 

 

 

Folder 14

Letterhead and envelopes with VPA logo

n.d.

 

 

 

Renovation Projects

 

 

 

 

Folder 15

General Correspondence

1983-1991

 

 

 

Renovation Projects - Indiana Theatre

 

 

 

 

Folder 16

  Organizational meeting, Vigo Preser- 
    vation Alliance (includes background
    material on the Indiana Theatre)

Nov. 1980

 

 

 

 

Folder 17

  Organizational meeting, Vigo Preser- 
    vation Alliance (includes background
    material on the Indiana Theatre)

Nov. 1980

 

 

 

 

Folder 18

  Report from the Leadership Terre Haute
    Small Group Project on the Indiana
    Theatre     

March 1987

 

 

 

 

  "The Fortune Tellers:  A Leadership Terre
     Haute Project"

1987

 

 

 

Folder 19

  Floor plan, Indiana Theatre

May 1982

 

 

 

 

  Letter from Gene Gladson (theater expert)
    to Libby Yunger, VPA

Sept. 28, 1986

 

 

 

 

  Brochure/business card of Gene Gladson

ca. 1986

 

 

 

 

  Invitation, 66th anniversary celebration of
    the Indiana Theatre

1988

 

 

 

 

  Brochure - The Theatre Historical Society
    of America

n.d.

 

 

 

Renovation Projects - Downtown Terre Haute

 

 

 

 

Folder 20

"Historic Resources of Downtown Terre
    Haute, Indiana", pp. 1-30 - Nomination
    form for placement on the National
    Register of Historic Places

1979-1980

 

 

 

Folder 21

"Historic Resources of Downtown Terre
  Haute, Indiana", pp.31-61 - Nomination
  form for placement on the National Register
 of Historic Places

1979-1980

 

 

 

Folder 22

"Historic Resources of Downtown
   Terre Haute, Indiana", pp.62-101 - Nomi-
   nation form for placement on the National
    Register of Historic Places

1979-1980

 

 

 

Folder 23

Downtown Urban Renewal Plan,  City of
  Terre Haute, Indiana

1982

 

 

 

 

 

 

Document Case 4

 

 

 

 

Folder 1

Vigo County Interim Report: Correspon-
  dence

1983-1984;
1987; 1993

 

 

 

Folder 2

Vigo County Interim Report: Press releases
  and newsletters (includes announcements of the Interim Reports' publication and sale to the public)

1984

 

 

 

Renovation Projects - Preston House

 

 

 

 

Folder 3

"The Story of a House"  by John Biel

1947

 

 

 

 

"Terre Haute house has rich, spooky history"

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 4

Correspondence

1983

 

 

 

Folder 5

Correspondence

1984-1985

 

 

 

Folder 6

Correspondence

1985-1989

 

 

 

Folder 7

Tour of Preston House and grounds (narra-
  tive of tour and photographs)

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 8

Ownership documents:  loans, deeds, and     mortgage

1982; 1983;
1985: 1989

 

 

 

Folder 9

Press releases

1983; 1985

 

 

 

Folder 10

Real estate listing for Preston House

Jan. 1, 1984

 

 

 

Folder 11

Clean-up activities

1984-1985

 

 

 

Folder 12

Archaelogical dig activities sponsored by     Indiana State University

1985

 

 

 

Folder 13

"Engineering report on the Preston House
  structure on Poplar Street in Terre Haute,
  Indiana" (compiled by Waldbieser Engi-
  neering,  Consulting Engineers )

May 8, 1986

 

 

 

Folder 14

Adaptive re-use proposals

1984-1986

 

 

 

Folder 15

Restoration Materials and Needs Lists

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 16

Information packet for prospective buyers
  of the Preston House

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 17

"Proposal to Preserve the Preston House
  by the Theta Omicron Chapter of Pi
  Kappa Alpha Housing Corporation, Inc.
  to the Historic Landmarks Foundation of
  Indiana, Inc."

June 1986

 

 

 

Folder 18

Fund-raising proposals

ca. 1986

 

 

 

 

 

 

Document Case 5

 

 

 

 

Renovation Projects - Preston House (continued)

 

 

 

 

Folder 1

 Proposal to remove structure to
  Fowler Park

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 2

Handwritten notes

n.d.

 

 

 

Renovation Projects - Big Four Railroad Depot

 

 

 

 

Folder 3

"The Big 4 Station: A Brief Chronology"

n.d.

 

 

 

 

"Why Conrail Should Make the Big 4
        Station Available for Re-Use"

April 4, 1986

 

 

 

 

"Leadership Terre Haute 1982-1983"
        (drawing of depot on cover)

 

 

 

 

 

"Dick Lugar 1984 Report"  (includes a brief
  description of Senator Lugar's involvement 
  in Big 4 dispute)

 

 

 

 

Folder 4

Correspondence

1983-1984

 

 

 

Folder 5

Correspondence

1984-1985

 

 

 

Folder 6

Correspondence

1986; 1988; 1992

 

 

 

Folder 7

Ownership information

1983

 

 

 

Folder 8

"Save the Big 4 Station" petitions

June 1984

 

 

 

Folder 9

"Save the Big 4 Station" petitions

June 1984

 

 

 

Folder 10

"Save the Big 4 Station" petitions

June 1984

 

 

 

Folder 11

Railroad Clearance Report (compiled by
  Morley & Associates, Consulting Engi-
  neers/Land Surveyors)

Sept. 24, 1984

 

 

 

Folder 12

Legal Fees for Devereaux v. Conrail
    (Wolfe, Frey, Hunt & Olah law firm)

Nov. 26, 1984

 

 

 

Folder 13

Adaptive Reuse as a Restaurant

1985, 1986

 

 

 

Folder 14

Contact  information for Conrail admini-
  strators and employees

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 15

Handwritten notes

n.d.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Document Case 6

 

 

 

 

Renovation Projects - Vigo County Schools

 

 

 

 

Folder 1

Annual report, Vigo County School Corp.

1984-85

 

 

 

 

Schools and Programs Information

1986

 

 

 

Folder 2

School Facilities Report and Recommenda-
    tions, VCSC

Jan. 1986

 

 

 

Folder 3

  School Facilities Report and Recommendations, VCSC

Jan. 1986

 

 

 

Folder 4

School Replacement Committee, Vigo
  Preservation Alliance

Feb. 1986-
June 1986

 

 

 

Folder 5

"Finding New Uses for Historic Schools
  and Theatres" (Program at the Western
  Regional Meeting of HLFI co-hosted by
  VPA and HLFI)

Aug. 1986-
Sept. 1986

 

 

 

 

Correspondence re:  "Finding New Uses "      Program

Aug. 1986-
Sept. 1986

 

 

 

 

Brochures

1986

 

 

 

Folder 6

"Bibliography on adaptive re-use of schools" 

Article:  "Rural redevelopment creates
  mixed-use project from vacant school"

n.d.


n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 7

Little Red School House;
  Bridgeton School (Parke County)

March 1986;
April 1986

 

 

 

Folder 8

Sarah Scott School

Thomas Jefferson School No. 7

n.d.

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 9

Thompson School

1986-1987

 

 

 

Renovation projects - Allen Chapel A. M. E.  Church

 

 

 

 

Folder 10

"The History of Allen Chapel A.M.E.
        Church" 

"The Allen Chapel African Methodist
    Episcopal Church"

"The Architecture of Allen Chapel"

n.d.
  

n.d.


 n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 11

Correspondence

1990-1992

 

 

 

Folder 12

Fund-raising campaign (includes photographs of kick-off campaign)

July 1990-
Aug. 1990

 

 

 

Folder 13

Fund-raising campaign - lists of contributors
  and timelines of contributions

ca. 1990

 

 

 

Folder 14

Artist's rendering, Allen Chapel (exterior)

n.d.

 

 

 

 

Flyer:  "Of Saints Circles and Sorrow
   Songs-an exhibit of painting and poetry
     by [Rev.] Charles T. Tripp"

n.d.

 

 

 

 

Booklet:  "Community Foundation Gift
      A Major New

n.d.

 

 

 

Renovation Projects--Clippings

 

 

 

Folder 15

Clippings

n.d.; 1983-1984

 

 

 

Folder 16

Clippings

1984-1985

 

 

 

Folder 17

Clippings

Jan. 1986-
Oct. 1986

 

 

 

Folder 18

Clippings

Oct. 1986-
Dec. 1986

 

 

 

Folder 19

Clippings

1987-1988

 

 

 

Folder 20

Clippings

1990-1992

 

 

 

 

 

 

Document Case 7

 

 

 

 

Folder 1

Clippings - Big 4 Depot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Historic Sites and Structures

 

 

 

 

Folder 2

Historic Neighborhoods of Terre Haute

List of slides of historic structures

n.d.

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 3

Historic Sites and Structures (A-L)

 

 

 

 

Folder 4

Historic Sites and Structures (M-R)

 

 

 

 

Folder 5

Historic Sites and Structures (S-Z)

 

 

 

 

Folder 6

Clippings (A-L)

 

 

 

 

Folder 7

Clippings (M)

 

 

 

 

Folder 8

Clippings (N-T)

 

 

 

 

Folder 9

Clippings (T)

 

 

 

 

Folder 10

Clippings (U-Z)

 

 

 

 

Historic Preservation Organizations

 

 

 

 

Folder 11

Alliance for Growth and  Progress

 

 

 

 

 

Arts Illiana

 

 

 

 

 

Canal Society of Indiana

 

 

 

 

Folder 12

Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana,
    Inc. - Correspondence

1985; 1990-1992

 

 

 

 

Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana,
    Inc. - Press releases

 

 

 

 

Folder 13

Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana,
    Inc. - Brochures and booklets

 

 

 

 

Folder 14

Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana,
    Inc. - Program information

 

 

 

 

Folder 15

Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana,
    Inc. - Program information

 

 

 

 

Folder 16

Western Regional Office, Historic Land-  marks Foundation of Indiana, Inc. -
  Correspondence

 


1986; 1991-1992

 

 

 

 

 

 

Document Case 8

 

 

 

 

Folder 1

Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana,
    Inc.  Affiliate Council

 

 

 

 

Folder 2

Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana,
    Inc.Affiliate Council

 

 

 

 

Folder 3

Hometown Indiana

 

 

 

 

Folder 4

Main Street

 

 

 

 

Folder 5

Main Street

 

 

 

 

Folder 6

Main Street

 

 

 

 

Folder 7

Main Street

 

 

 

 

Folder 8

Franklin Heritage

 

 

 

 

 

National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

 

 

 

 

Tippecanoe County Historical Association

 

 

 

 

Folder 9

Conference brochures (various historic pre-
  servation organizations)

 

 

 

 

Folder 10

Historic Preservation Organizations -
  Clippings

 

 

 

 

Magazines and Newsletters

 

 

 

 

Folder 11

  Historic Preservation

May 1991-
Aug. 1991

 

 

 

Folder 12

 Historic Preservation

Sept. 1991-
Dec. 1991

 

 

 

Folder 13

 Historic Preservation

Jan. 1992-
April 1992

 

 

 

Folder 14

 Historic Preservation

May 1992-
Aug. 1992

 

 

 

Folder 15

 Historic Preservation

Sept. 1992-
Dec. 1992

 

 

 

 

 

 

Document Case 9

 

 

 

 

Folder 1

Historic Preservation

Jan/Feb 1992;
May/June 1993

 

 

 

Folder 2

Historic Preservation

July 1993-
Oct. 1993

 

 

 

Folder 3

Historic Preservation

Nov. 1993-
Dec. 1993

 

 

 

 

Historic Preservation Forum

Nov./Dec. 1992

 

 

 

Folder 4

Indiana Preservationist

Nov. 1991-
Feb. 1992

 

 

 

Folder 5

Indiana Preservationist

March 1992-
Aug. 1992

 

 

 

Folder 6

Indiana Preservationist

July/Aug. 1993;
Nov/Dec. 1993;
Jan. 1994-
April 1994

 

 

 

Folder 7

Old House Journal

March 1991-
June 1991

 

 

 

Folder 8

Old House Journal

July 1991-
Oct. 1991

 

 

 

Folder 9

Old House Journal

March/April 1992;
March/April 1993

 

 

 

Folder 10

Historic Preservation News

Aug. 1985;
Sept. 1991;
Nov. 1991

 

 

 

Folder 11

Historic Preservation News

Dec. 1991-
Feb. 1992

 

 

 

Loose

Plaque, Vigo Preservation Alliance

n.d.