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Daniel B. Luten papers

Identifier: L093

Scope and Contents

This collection includes meeting minutes, reports, and records from Daniel B. Luten, George E. Gill, and others in Indianapolis, Indiana ranging from 1931 to 1934, regarding the Emergency Work Committee, Inc. and its activities during the Great Depression. There is also a register of people who visited Charles Fairbanks' headquarters in Chicago during the Republican National Convention of 1908 and a program with notes from the American Plan-Open Shop-Conference in 1928.


  • 1908-1934


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

Daniel Benjamin Luten was born December 26, 1869 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Lambert and Minnie Luten. He was the second oldest of five children. Luten graduated from the University of Michigan in 1894 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. He worked for one year at the university as a civil engineering instructor. Luten then became an instructor in architectural engineering at Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana, where he worked until 1900, when he went into general engineering practice. He followed a specialty of the design and construction of reinforced concrete bridges from 1901 on, designing, building or supervising the construction of over 20,000 concrete bridges. Luten also published approximately one hundred articles. He was a member of many professional organizations and registered as a professional engineer in all states requiring registration.

Luten was also a member of the Emergency Work Committee, Inc., a program of the Indianapolis Commission for Stabilization of Employment based in Indianapolis, Indiana, beginning December 5, 1930. He became vice-president and acting president in 1932, then president/chairman later that year but did not run for the office in 1933. Luten was the secretary in 1934, when the organization was disbanded. Its purpose had been to permit persons applying for relief to work for at least part of the relief, for public and semi-public institutions, and to devise a plan of stimulating employment of other unemployed persons. The organization was funded by a number of institutions and events, including the Community Fund, the City of Indianapolis, the Thanksgiving Day football game, and other sources found by the committee. George E. Gill, directory of the Indianapolis Employment Bureau, served as manager of the employment project of the committee.

Luten married Edith Heath Hull on June 20, 1900 in Tippecanoe County, Indiana. They had four children: Granville H., Wilhelmina, Daniel B., and Mary F. Daniel Luten died July 3, 1946 in Indianapolis, and was buried in Spring Vale Cemetery, Lafayette, Indiana.


Items in the colleciton. "Daniel B. Luten." 1880 United States Federal Census. Accessed November 25, 2015. "Daniel B. Luten." 1900 United States Federal Census. Accessed November 25, 2015. "Daniel B. Luten." Indiana, Index to Select Marriages, 1780-1992. Accessed November 25, 2015.

"Daniel B. Luten papers." Finding aid. Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries. Accessed November 25, 2015. "Daniel B. Luten." Find a Grave Index. Accessed November 25, 2015.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from the estate of Daniel B. Luten on 1947/07/29.


No further additions are expected.

Related Collection Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in the Indiana Division, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

ISLI OQ 331 no. 8 [no. 1-7]: Indianapolis Commission for Stabilization of Employment program of the Emergency Work Committee, Inc. and related documents

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/11/30 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2015/11/30 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid revised 2024/05/21 by Brittany Kropf.
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140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.