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Fred Elwood Dillard collection

Identifier: L044

Scope and Contents

This collection contains items from Fred Dillard’s service during World War I, including a New Testament Bible given to him by the Orange County Red Cross, a copy of the songbook Songs the Soldiers and Sailors Sing , the booklet Management of the American Soldier by Major General David C. Shanks, photographs and a roster of commissioned and non-commissioned officers of the Evacuation Hospital #29, and French and German postcards (1918-1919). Other items include Fred’s teacher’s licenses and contracts (1914-1949), a photograph of his 1932 French Lick 5th grade class, his reminiscences about Hall Ridge and other stories regarding communities displaced by the building of the Patoka Reservoir (1971 and undated), correspondence and documents regarding the Dillard and Moery families (1969-1970, undated), and four small note cards written in German (1850) with a page of English translations.

This collection also contains school and military service records of Max Dillard (1938-1948), family correspondence during World War II (1942-1945), family ration books (1943-1945), Jacob and Sarah Painter’s deeds, tax receipts, and estate documents (1877-1935), and tax receipts of Benjamin and Sarah Carroll (1868-1892), and Fred Dillard (1921-1969). Fred Dillard's scrapbook (V043) contains photographs, certificates, correspondence, and newspaper clippings regarding the family's school activities, military service, and careers (1900-1971).


  • 1868-1971


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

Fred Elwood Dillard was born April 29, 1894 in Orange County, Indiana to Charles L. and Emma Jane (Moery) Dillard. He received his first license to teach in 1914 and taught school in the Crawford County and French Lick schools for more than 30 years. He served as a sergeant first class in the medical department during World War I. He married Ruth Painter in 1919 and they had 6 children: Max, Charles, Robert, Roberta, Evelyn, and Deloris. During World War II, Max was a pilot in the Navy and was lost at sea in September 1943 and Charles was a radio technician with Air Transport Command. Mr. Dillard passed away at the age of 89 on November 10, 1983.


Information found within collection.

“Fred Dillard.” Sunday Herald-Times (Bloomington, Ind.), November 13, 1983.

“Marriage Licenses.” Crawford County Democrat (English, Ind.), October 3, 1919.


0.6 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box, 1 half manuscript box, 1 volume)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation by Fred E. Dillard via Alfred C. Nordhoff on 1971/05/25.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed by Grant M. Gerard in November 2008. Collection reprocessed in 2020/01 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2020/01/09 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid revised 2024/05/16 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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