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Birch E. Bayh, Jr. collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S0083

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of items from Birch Bayh, Jr., which include a letter to a constituent, a form letter, and a speech recorded in the Congressional Record, all regarding the lack of funding for the Library Services and Construction Act in 1974, and campaign materials from Birch Bayh’s presidential run in 1975-1976.


  • 1973-1976


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

Birch Evans Bayh, Jr. was born on Jan. 22, 1928 in Terre Haute, Indiana. He moved, at the age of 15, to his grandparents’ farm near Libertyville, Indiana when his father, Army Col. Birch Bayh was posted to China duty during World War II. Bayh spent a year at Purdue University, then enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving from 1946 to 1948. He was graduated from Purdue with a degree in Agriculture in 1951. Bayh married Marvella Hern in 1952 and they had a son, Birch Evan Bayh, III, born in 1955. After Marvella’s death in 1979, he married Katherine Halpin in 1981 and they had a son named Christopher, born in 1982. Bayh won a seat in the Indiana House of Representatives, as a Democrat, in 1954, where he served as speaker of the house in 1959 and minority floor leader in 1961. Bayh attended Indiana State University in 1952-1953 and received a law degree in 1960 from Indiana University-Bloomington. He was elected to the United States Senate in 1962 and served until January 3, 1981. Bayh was the principal architect of the 25th Amendment, which was ratified in 1967 and the 26th Amendment, ratified in 1971. As of 2013, Bayh was practicing law in Washington, D.C.


"Man in the News." Indianapolis Times, October 21, 1961, p. 6, col. 1-3.

Wikipedia. "Birch Bayh." Accessed March 4, 2013.


0.08 Cubic Feet (2 folders, 1 large oversize folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Item Listing

Folder 1. Correspondence

2-27-1973 Letter to Mrs. Frances B. McDonald [5-1-1973] Form letter, 2 copies

4-18-1973 Speech recorded in the v. 119, no. 62 issue of Congressional Record, 2 copies

Folder 2. Campaign Material

n.d. Campaign button, “Birch Bayh for President ‘76 n.d. Campaign button, “Birch Bayh Staff in ’76” n.d. Campaign button, “Birch Bayh ‘76” n.d. Button, “I’m from INDIANA home of senator BIRCH BAYH n.d. Lapel pin “Bayh 76” 10-21-1975 Ticket “ADMIT ONE – FLOOR - BIRCH BAYH for PRESIDENT 10-21-1975 Ticket “ADMIT ONE – LUNCHEON – BIRCH BAYH for PRESIDENT 10-21-1975 Formal Declaration of Candidacy – Press conference and Statement [1975-1976] Letterhead “BIRCH BAY IN ‘76” [1975-1976] Campaign brochure “A lot of people talk about protecting Israel’s security…Senator Birch Bayh acts [1975] Campaign brochure “BIRCH BAY IN ‘76” [1976] Campaign brochure “This year, one Democrat stands out.” [1976] Campaign brochure “We must not revert to isolationism, but instead face post-Vietnam world realities.” [1976] Campaign brochure “Birch Bayh for President.”, 2 copies [1975-1976] Campaign brochure “Bayh Campaign Gains Momentum” [1975-1976] Campaign brochure “Senator Birch Bayh – The Democratic candidate for President with a plan for economic recovery… [1975-1976] Campaign brochure “BAYH FOR PRESIDENT – Bayh Wins Straw Poll”, 3 copies [1976] Campaign brochure “Our teachers determine our future…everyday in classrooms across this land.”

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Edythe Huffman during March 2013. EAD finding aid completed by Bethany Fiechter on 2018/05/10. EAD finding aid revised 2021/09/14 by Brittany Kropf.
Birch E. Bayh, Jr. 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.