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E. Ross Adair oral history

Identifier: OH002

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a transcript and a shared reel-to reel audio tape from a videotapeed oral history interview with E. Ross Adair, conducted by F. Gerald Handfield on April 12, 1975 at Turkey Run State Park In his discussion, Adair describes his trip to Paris as a United States delegate to a United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) meeting.


  • 1975/04/12


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

Edwin Ross Adair was born December 14, 1907 in Albion, Indiana, the son of Edwin and Alice Prickett Adair. Adair graduated from Albion High School in 1924. He received his bachelors degree from Hillsdale College and his law degree from George Washington University Law School in 1933. Adair returned to Indiana, where he began his own law practice. He served in World War II and fought in battles throughout Europe. In 1950, he began his political career by winning a seat as a U.S. Representative. Adair served in this position until he was defeated in 1971. President Nixon gave him a position as an ambassador to Ethiopia. He retired in 1975. Adair was married and had two children. He died May 7, 1983.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 bound transcript; 1 reel-to-reel audio tape)

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Custodial History

This collection was created by the Indiana State Library as part of its oral history project in the 1970s.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed during April 2005 by Jennifer Duplaga. EAD finding aid created 2015/07/29 by Bethany Fiechter. Collection reprocessing completed 2020/02/27 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid revised 2020/02/27 by Brittany Kropf.


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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.