Archive and Art Collection

Archive

The Portfolio’s archive and art collections are on loan to the Irvington Historical Society and housed at the Bona Thompson Memorial Center in the Indianapolis eastside neighborhood of Irvington. The collection can be viewed by appointment.

The Bona Thompson Memorial Center
5350 E. University Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46219
(317) 353-2662

Among the archive are the club’s programs, yearbooks, club minutes, and treasurer reports dating from the Club’s inception in 1890 to the present. The archive further consists of photographs of Portfolians from all decades, scrapbooks containing news clippings about Portfolians, and miscellaneous copies of the programs that were given at meetings over the years.

There are two other ways to view our archives as well.

Duplicate yearbooks and some vintage photographs are available at the library of the Indiana Historical Society.

The Portfolio Club yearbooks, 1980 to present, can be viewed on the Indianapolis Public Library’s site, Digital Indy.

Art Collection

The art collection consists of paintings, drawings, and lithographs by Portfolian artists William Forsyth, Wayman Adams, Clifton Wheeler, Simon Baus, Frederick Polley, Constance Forsyth, Charles Yeager, and Hilah Wheeler.

In developing an arts community outreach program, The Portfolio Club has lent works from its art collection to various exhibitions, including the statewide traveling show, “Creating History: Indiana’s Historic Women Artists.”