Cataloging the John Shepard Wright Memorial Library

Since 1899, the Indiana State Library has had a long-standing relationship with the Indiana Academy of Sciences (IAS) to house the John Shepard Wright Memorial Library. According to the IAS website, “The Indiana Academy of Science is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting scientific research and diffusing scientific information; to encouraging communication and cooperation among scientists and to improving education in the sciences.”

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The John S. Wright collection has more than 12,000 volumes located in the ISL’s closed stacks. The collection consists largely of non-subscription journals and continuations in science and natural history.One of the jobs of a catalogue librarian is to take care of collections donated from various individuals. The John S. Wright Memorial Library is one of these collections. We wanted to showcase this collection today because of the upcoming annual IAS meeting.

Saturday, March 21 marks the 130th Annual Meeting of the IAS at the JW Marriot in downtown Indianapolis. The event is open to members and non-member, but you must register on the IAS website prior to the event.

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*Photograph from the 1942 IAS Annual Meeting

This blog post was written by Jocelyn Lewis, Catalogue Librarian, Indiana State Library. For more information, contact the Indiana State Library at (317)232-3678 or “Ask-A-Librarian” at