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Hoagy Carmichael letter

 Collection — Folder: S0222
Identifier: S0222

Scope and Contents

One letter dated January 3, 1942 is the only item in this collection. The letterhead is for Kenneth R. Shaffer, Order Librarian, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis. Mr. Shaffer told Hoagy that the State Library was “eager to secure a copy of this vocal score for the music collection of our Indiana History Division.” The musical arrangement was for Herschelll’s AIN’T GOD GOOD TO INDIANA.

Hoagy answered by writing in blue ink at the bottom of the letter: “Mr. Shaffer, The only copy – a manuscript – was last heard of as being in Chicago. Mrs. Herschell has been trying to get it returned. Why not call her and someone can make a copy of it for you if she has obtained it. Thank you for your interest. Next time in town, I’ll call you and we can get the collection up to date. Yours Hoagy Carmichael.”


  • 1942


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

Hoagland Howard Carmichael was born in Bloomington, Indiana, in 1899. He graduated from Indiana University Law School and practiced law for a short time before devoting his time to music. In 1936, Hoagy went to Hollywood, where he became a star performer on radio, records, and the stage. He also performed in movies.


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This collection includes one item.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Kenneth R. Shaffer on 1942/01/03.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Nikki Stoddard Schofield during June 2013. EAD finding aid completed by Bethany Fiechter on 2018/05/11.
Hoagy Carmichael letter
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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