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Karl W. Fischer papers

 Collection — Folder: S463
Identifier: S0463

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a typed carbon copy of a document from Karl W. Fischer regarding the murder of Thurza Oyler Hinshaw in 1895 and subsequent trial of her husband, William E. Hinshaw, dated 1946/08/01. Also included is a newspaper clipping from the [New York] Sunday News, 1946/09/01.


  • 1895, 1946

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

Karl Wood Fischer was born January 26, 1903 to William and Ida Fischer in Indiana, one of two children. He was a student at Culver Military Academy, Culver, Indiana and received a bachelor's degree from Indiana University Bloomington in 1925 and received his master's degree in journalism in 1931. He taught journalism at Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia and at Baker University, Baldwin, Kansas. He was a former assistant national historian of the Beta Theta Pi social fraternity and wrote several books about it.

He worked at the Indianapolis News, beginning in 1929 and served as a make up editor for about 20 years. He was a correspondent for the New York News as of August and September, 1946. He died in Indianapolis, Indiana on Aug. 29, 1960 and is buried in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana.

"Fischer, Karl". 1920 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2014/12/15.

"Fisher, Karl W.". Indianapolis Star 30 Aug. 1960 (24:5). Print.

"Fischer, Karl Wood". Find a Grave Index, 1600s - Current. Retrieved 2014/12/15.

"Fischer, Karl Wood". (1981) In Indiana Authors and their books, 1967-1980. (p. 129). Crawfordsville, IN: Wabash College. Print. ISLI 016.810 B219I SUPP. 1967-80

"Fischer, Karl Wood". Indiana Biography Index (pre 1990). Retrieved 2014/12/15.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Karl Fischer on 1946/09/27.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/12/15 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2014/12/15 by Edythe Huffman.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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