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CRA056 -- The Merrillville Collection


1.50 Linear Feet
July, 1986
Revised February 1992; August 1992; September 1992; December 1992; March 1993; February 1994; January 1995; November 1995; February 1998; June 1999; June 2000; June 2002; July 2002, December 2008; January 2018

Inventory Written By: Tim Beverly


Property rights in the collection are held by the Calumet Regional Archives; literary rights are dedicated to the public. There are no restrictions on access to the collection.

Linear feet of shelf space: 0.25 linear feet
Number of containers: 1 box
Calumet Regional Archives Collection 056

Processed by: Tim Beverly
Date: July, 1986

Scope And Content

These records document the history of the city of Merrillville, Indiana. They cover the period in Merrillville from 1939 to present date. Some of the material in this collection give a brief outlook on the past, present, and future of the city of Merrillville. The material also points out the many assets in the city of Merrillville covering subjects as shopping complexes, educational facilities, businesses etc.

Also in this collection is a yearbook from the original Merrillville Junior Women's Club which includes members of the club, and activities that took place in the club. There are photographs of the Greek Orthodox Church and the Bishop of the church, as well as information about other churches in town. Also in this selection are two maps of the city of Merrillville and many high school yearbooks.

Historical Sketch

In 1835, Merrillville was founded by Jeremiah Wiggins and in deference to Mr. Wiggins it was named Wiggins Point. Later after Wiggins' death, the town thought it would be more appropriate to name the town Centerville. Then in 1848 the town was named Merrillville in honor of William Dudley Merrill, who owned a cheese factory. Back then Merrillville's biggest attraction was the famous California Exchange Inn, which was a popular stopping place for forty-niners on their way to search for gold.

Presently, Merrillville has the distinction of being one of the major centers of commerce in the state. Its large shopping malls attract thousands of people daily. Perhaps Merrillville's biggest attraction is the Holiday Star Theater. It attracts some of the biggest stars in the world to perform there.

Box File Description
1 1 Pamphlet, Questions and Answers on Merrillville Incorporation, 1970
2 Pamphlet, "Merrillville, An Exciting Future", 1981
3 Community Analysis, Merrillville, 1991
4 Book, A Pictorial History of Merrillville, n.d.
5 Coloring books, (2), Merrillville Indiana Historical Coloring Book, 2003
6 Letter, Nora Pierce's Merrillville, Nov. 24, 1897 (reprint); Essay, The Myiel Pierce Family, 1876 (reprint 2006)
7 Anniversary booklet and related materials, Saints Peter and Paul Parish, 125th-150th anniversaries, 1991
8 Brochure, S.S. Constantine and Helen Orthodox Cathedral, n.d.
9 Booklet, First Assembly of God Celebrating 80 Years of Spirit-filled Ministry, 1996
10 Menus, Ditka's Restaurant, Foddy's, n.d.
1 11 Directory, Innsbruck Country Club, 1993
12 Architect's rendering, Southlake Mall, 1974
13 Informational packet, Holiday Star Plaza, ca. 1985
14 Program, Black and White Ball, LULAC Council #5009, 1994
15 Yearbook, Merrillville Junior Women's Club, 1939
16 Program, Class of 1967 reunion, Andrean High School, 1992
17 Program, Merrillville Coaches Hall of Fame induction, 1995
18 Program, Baccalaureate and Commencement, Merrillville High School, 1949
19 Program, Clifford Pierce Middle School rededication, November 14, 1999
20 Newsarticles, Merrillville, (1956--)
21 Newsarticles, Southlake Mall, (1974--)
22 Newsarticles, Star Plaza, (2004--)
23 Newsarticle, "Civitan Club is a diverse group," Merrillville Herald, n.d.

Maps, (2), Merrillville, Indiana, n.d.


Various, Centier Center Opening Pamphlets, Merrillville, 2008

29 Book, Soldiers and Veterans Memorialized at the Merrillville Cemetery, Alice Smedstad, 2007
30 Pamphlet, When Indians Danced at Wiggins Point, Merrillville/Ross Township Historical Society, 2007
2   Newspapers, Post-Tribune, Merrillville history, July 2, 1981, July 27-29, 1986
  Newspapers, Merrillville Herald, Merrillville history, February 5, 1986 (2 copies, 1 complete), February 11, 1987
Yearbooks   Andrean High School, (1963-1986), in Yearbook Bookcases (for specific years, click here)
Yearbooks   Merrillville High School, (1926-1943) in Yearbook Filing Cabinet (for specific years, click here)

Negative, Glass,(1),Turkey Creek Country Club,ca.1925

Photographs,(2), Henry Kuehl Farm, n.d.
Drawer 1, Folder 5  

Map, (1), Merrillville, Indiana, 1980, (2 copies), Map, (1), Precincts, 1979, Poster, Merrillville Muddogs, 1995

Subject Tracings
  • Andrean High School (Merrillville)
  • Andrean High School (Merrillville
  • Business
  • Centier Bank
  • Churches, Merrillville
  • Community organizations
  • Convention facilities
  • Country clubs
  • Farms
  • First Assembly of God (Merrillville)
  • Holiday Star Theater
  • Lottaville
  • Merrillville
  • Merrillville Cemetery

  • Merrillville High School
  • Merrillville Junior Women's Club
  • Merrillville Politics and government
  • Merrillville Veterans
  • Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral
  • Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church (Merrillville)
  • Schools, Merrillville
  • Soldiers
  • Southlake Mall
  • Sports
  • Turkey Creek
  • Women