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Schuyler N. Nolan Landscape Architectural Records Collection

Identifier: DADA-008

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of records pertaining to Schuyler N. Nolan’s landscape architecture practice in Indianapolis, 1939-1973. It includes landscape and garden plans for 56 projects of various types: private homes and estates, banks, insurance companies, schools, and churches. Among the commercial clients are Glendale Shopping Center, L. S. Ayres and Co., and Indiana National Bank. Nolan also did work for Washington Park Cemetery and the 1937 Indianapolis Home Show. Residential clients include William C. Griffith Jr., Robert C. McDermond, and Mrs. J. K. Lilly. Most of the projects are located in Indianapolis and surrounding communities. Projects outside the Indianapolis area are the Floyd J. Bailey estate in Peru, Indiana, and the Mariemont Apartments in Cincinnati.


  • Creation: 1939 - 1973


Language of Materials

Collection is entirely in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Drawings and Documents Archive, Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries, Muncie, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Drawings and Documents Archive.

Biographical Note

Schuyler Nicholas Nolan (1894-1981) was born at Monroe City, Indiana. His father was a part-time barber and part-time gardener. After graduating from high school in 1912, he moved to South Bend and then Chicago, where he completed the Chicago Technical School mechanical drafting course. From the end of the First World War until 1930, he did residential landscape work in Danville, Peoria, Elgin, and River Forest, Illinois. In the 1930s, he was employed by the Indianapolis Parks Department (1933-35) and the Indiana State Highway Commission (1935-37), and he was the landscape architect for the Indianapolis Home Shows of 1933, 1934, 1937, and 1939. Except for a short period during WWII, Nolan ran a single-person landscape architecture practice in Indianapolis from 1937 until his retirement in 1976. He also owned and operated a plant nursery (Amherst Nurseries) in Nora, Indiana, 1949-1961.


4.9 Cubic Feet (1 flat file drawer, 1 OVC box, 1 manuscript box)


The Schuyler N. Nolan Landscape Architecture Records are arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

The Schuyler N. Nolan Landscape Architecture Records were received by Drawings and Documents Archive as donation from Schuyler N. Nolan in 1979.


No additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 1998/3/6 by Andrew R. Seager. Finding aid created 2007/7/16 by Andrew R. Seager, revised 2009/5/26, 2011/12/1 by Carol A. Street.

Schuyler N. Nolan Landscape Architectural Records
Created by Andrew R. Seager; revised by Carol A. Street
Created 2007/7/16; revised 2009/5/26 and 2011/12/1
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Repository Details

Part of the Andrew Seager Archives of the Built Environment Repository

Architecture Building, Room 120
Muncie IN 47306 USA
765-285-3726 (Fax)