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Louis J. Bailey and Esther U. McNitt political letters

 Collection — Folder: S283
Identifier: S0283

Scope and Contents

This collection includes letters from U.S. congressman and senators from Indiana in Washington, D.C. replying to Louis J. Bailey and Esther U. McNitt ranging from 1926 to 1935 regarding various bills and legislation regarding libraries, printing, and censuses.


  • 1926-1935


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

Esther U. McNitt was born March 2, 1887 to James C. and Mary E. McNitt. She was a head librarian in the Division of Indiana History and Archives at the Indiana State Library during the 1920s and 1930s and served on the Indiana Historical Commission (1923-1925). McNitt died on October 1, 1941.

Louis J. Bailey (1881-1962) served as the Indiana State Librarian from 1925 to 1935. Bailey served as a consultant in the establishment of the United States National Archives building in Washington, D.C. In 1933, Bailey was granted lifetime membership in the Indiana Library Association (now Indiana Library Federation) and the American Library Association. Beginning in 1929, he served for a time as the president of the National Association of State Libraries.


Items in the collection. U.S. Federal Censuses, 1910. Accessed July 31, 2015. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989. Accessed July 31, 2015.

Indiana State Library. "History of the Library." About the Library. Accessed July 31, 2015.

Louis J. Bailey papers, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by chronologically.

Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

S050: Louis J. Bailey papers L570: Indiana State Library collection

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/07/31 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid created 2015/07/31 by Brittany Kropf.
Louis J. Bailey and Esther U. McNitt political letters
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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