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Donald F. Carmony papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S0224

Scope and Contents

This collection contains typewritten copies of articles written by Donald F. Carmony regarding the history of Indiana newspapers and their editors that were published in the Indiana Publisher from 1949 to 1951. The articles include sketches of Elihu Stout, Schuyler Colfax, John D. Defrees, Michael C. Garber, John B. Norman, Archibald Beal, Dr. E.W.H. Ellis, and Charles D. Murray. The collection also contains correspondence and documents regarding education and Democratic campaigns in Indiana ranging from 1956 to 1964, including a November 25, 1957 letter sent to Carmony from Alexander M. Moore, principal of Crispus Attucks High School, regarding a discussion group at a conference on “Education Beyond the High School” with handwritten notes by Carmony.


  • 1949-1964


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

Donald Francis Carmony was born in Shelby County, Indiana on January 18, 1910 to to Bert and Golda (Wicker) Carmony. He was the eldest of 4 children and grew up as a farmer, but his parents intended that he be the first in the family to attend college. He received an A.B. degree from Indiana Central College (now University of Indianapolis) in 1929. He married Edith Hogelskamp on April 1, 1934 in Marion County, Indiana, and they had two children. He taught history at Indiana Central College from 1929-1939 and joined the faculty of Indiana University in 1939. He received both an A.M., 1931, and a Ph.D., 1940, from Indiana University. He served as editor of Indiana Magazine of History from 1955-1975 and was chairman of the Indiana Sesquicentennial Commission from 1960-1967. He was a trustee of the Indiana Central College, which awarded him an honorary LL.D. degree in 1966. He directed the South Bend-Mishawaka extension center for 6 years. He taught at Indiana University-Fort Wayne from 1939-1943, and at South Bend from 1944-1950. He taught at Indiana University-Bloomington from 1955 until his retirement in 1980. His wife Edith died in 1991, the year he was awarded the annual Hoosier Historian Award by the Indiana Historical Society. He later married Mary Hiatt Crawford and was awarded the (Indiana University) Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 1994. In 1998 he received his second Sagamore of the Wabash award. He wrote and edited many publications on Indiana history. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church. He died on February 14, 2005 and is buried in Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana.

"Carmony, Donald". 1910 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2014/06/23.

"Carmony, Donald". 1940 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2014/06/23.

"Carmony, Donald". Find a Grave Memorial. Retrieved 2014/06/23.

"Carmony, Donald". (1974) In Indiana Authors and their books, 1917-1966. (p. 106). Crawfordsville, IN: Wabash College. ISLI 16.810 B291I

"Carmony, Donald F.". Indianapolis Star. February 16, 2005:B9. Print.

"Carmony, Donald". Web: Marion County, Indiana, Marriage Index, 1925-2012. Retrieved 2014/06/23.

"Distinguished service brings honor to seven alumni'. Indiana Alumni Magazine. June/July 1994:9. Print. Naragon, Michael. "Pioneer historian: At 88, he's still publishing". Indiana Alumni Magazine. June/July 1998:52. Print.


0.02 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Donald F. Carmony from 1949 to 1951 and in 1985/10.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/06/25 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2014/06/25 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid revised 2019/04/18 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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