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Robert C. Baltzell collection

Identifier: L008

Scope and Contents

The collection includes the contents of four scrapbooks documenting Robert C. Baltzell’s career, particularly as a federal judge presiding over murder, bootlegging, and other cases, including the murder trial of George W. Barrett for killing an FBI agent (1935-1936). Also included is a notebook listing his cases with names of jurors and trial outcomes (1932-1935).


  • 1888-1930; bulk 1925-1936


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Robert C. Baltzell was born on August 15, 1879, in Lawrence County, Illinois. He moved to Indiana by 1903. Baltzell practiced law in Princeton, Gibson County, Indiana, from 1904 to 1921 excluding his military service during World War I (1917-1919). In 1921, Baltzell became judge of the Gibson County Circuit Court. Baltzell left the circuit court in 1925 to become judge of the U.S. District Court in Indianapolis. He held this position until his death on October 18, 1950. Baltzell was also active in Republican Party affairs.


0.6 Cubic Feet (2 manuscript boxes)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid created by Christina Baich during January 2006.
Robert C. Baltzell collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.