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Roscoe B. Fleming collection

 Collection — Folder: S0472
Identifier: S0472

Scope and Contents

This collection has one folder containing "The Story of Indiana" by Roscoe B. Fleming. This is a six-part article about the Ku Klux Klan and prohibition in Indiana politics in the 1920s. He gives a brief biography of D.C. Stephenson, the Grand Dragon of Indiana’s Ku Klux Klan, and his stakes amongst the political elite of the city and state including Governor Ed Jackson, and Indianapolis Mayor John L. Duvall. Fleming discusses Edward S. Shumaker, superintendent of the Indiana Anti-Saloon League and his involvement with members of the Indiana Republican Party leaders. Finally, Fleming relates the role of newspapers in reporting these stories.


  • 1927 October


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

Roscoe Bain Fleming was born September 16, 1895, in Edgemont, South Dakota. He attended Moores Hill College in Evansville, Indiana and graduated from Indiana University. Fleming served as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Artillery in World War I. He married Mary Noble on 1919 in Indianapolis, Indiana and they had 2 children: William Noble and Mary.

Fleming began writing for newspapers in Fargo, South Dakota, and worked for papers in Richmond, Indiana; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Baltimore, Maryland; Washington, D.C.; Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; and Fort Worth, Texas, before moving to Denver, Colorado in 1936 to work for the Rocky Mountain News. He became a columnist for The Denver Post in 1941 and wrote for the Christian Science Monitor, London Economist, and Baltimore Sun. He retired from journalism about 1969. Fleming died on October 1, 1974 in Colorado and was cremated.

Sources: "Roscoe B. Fleming." Accessed 2012.

"Ex-Post Columnist Roscoe Fleming Dies." Denver Post, October 2, 1974.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed by Chaise Carter during February 2012. EAD finding aid revised 2023/03/22 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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