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Reginald Hall Sullivan oral history

Identifier: OH019

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of a transcript, 3 audio cassette tapes, and a reel-to-reel audiotape of four oral history interviews with Reginald Hall Sullivan conducted by Jerry Handfield for hte Indiana State Library Oral History Project in March-April, 1976. Sullivan was interviewed at Hooverwood Home in Indianapolis, Indiana. Only three of the four interviews were transcribed because some of the tapes were inaudible.

In the transcribed interviews, Sullivan discusses his youth in Indianapolis, baseball, Wabash College, the Ku Klux Klan, and his political experiences. He also comments on other well-known Hoosiers including Otto Ray, James Whitcomb Riley, Paul McNutt, Thomas R. Marshall, Sherman Minton, Tom Taggart, Frank McHale, Mike Morrissey, and Gus Efroymson.

There is also a typed transcript of Sullivan's interview with James Glass on August 16, 1976 for the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission and a videocassette tape and DVD of a partial interview of Sullivian with Mike Ahern from Channel 8 in March, 1976.


  • 1976 March-April


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

Reginald Hall Sullivan was born on March 10, 1876, in Indianapolis, Indiana. His father, Thomas L. Sullivan, was mayor of Indianapolis from 1890 to 1893. His maternal grandfather was Oliver H. Smith. Sullivan graduated from Wabash College in 1896 and received his law degree from the Indiana Law School in 1899. He never married. A lifelong resident of Indianapolis, he practiced law and was chairman of the Marion County Democratic Central Committee (1912-1914). He served as a State Senator in 1911 and 1913. From 1916 to 1917, he was City Controller for Indianapolis. Sullivan was elected mayor of Indianapolis and served two non-consecutive terms (1930-1935, 1939-1943). He died January 30, 1980.


January, Alan F. and Elizabeth Shanahan, comp. A Biographical Directory of the Indiana General Assembly, Volume 2, 1900-1984. Indianapolis: The Select Committee on the Centennial History of the Indiana General Assembly, 1984.


0.02 Cubic Feet (2 transcripts, 3 cassette tapes, 1 reel-to-reel tape, 1 DVD, 1 videocassette tape)

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Processing Information

This collection was processed by Christina Baich during May 2006. Finding aid revised by Bethany Fiechter on 2015/11/09. EAD finding aid created by Bethany Fiechter on 2019/07/01. Collection reprocessing completed 2020/03/05 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid revised 2020/03/05 by Brittany Kropf.


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