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Helen Daniels oral history

Identifier: OH076

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of 3 copies of a transcript, 1 reel-to-reel audiotape, and 4 audio cassette tapes from an oral history interview with Helen Daniels, conducted by F. Gerald (Jerry) Handfield, which takes place over four different interview sessions between March 15, 1977 and September 14, 1978. Part one consists of information about Daniels’ childhood and young adult life in Tipton. The second part she talks about her early jobs in social work in Indianapolis. The third part of the interview she tells about her social service and lobbying activities with regards to public health. The fourth part concludes with her impressions of the legislature, lobbyists, and the economic climate in Indianapolis in the 1970s. There is also a folder of papers, clippings, and photographs ranging from 1954 to 1988.


  • 1977-1978


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

Helen Daniels was born in Tipton, Indiana on February 28, 1907, the daughter of Edward and Elizabeth (Staats) Daniels. Her father, a lawyer, died in 1920, at the age of 41, of diabetes. Daniels attended St. John’s parochial school, and graduated from Tipton High School in 1924 and then attended Tipton Business College. She moved to Indianapolis in the 1920s. Her first job was working at the Indianapolis Union Railway and then she worked at the State House, for the Public Service Commission. Between 1937 and 1939, Daniels attended Indiana University Extension (later IUPUI), taking classes in social work. As a social worker, she worked on “better admission of poor relief funds, stricter child abuse laws, and a separate health and hospital corporation for Marion County.” She became a lobbyist, working on welfare issue with the Indiana Legislature. Helen Daniels died On 2 April 1995 in Indianapolis.


0.01 Cubic Feet (3 transcripts, 1 folder, 4 audio cassette tapes, 1 reel-to-reel audiotape)

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This collection is arranged by format and date.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as part of the Indiana State Library Oral History Project.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Erica Sgroi during April 2013. EAD finding aid completed by Bethany Fiechter on 2019/07/03. EAD finding aid revised 2020/06/03 by Brittany Kropf.


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Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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