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Kirby L. Gray letters

 Collection — Folder: S601
Identifier: S0601

Scope and Contents

This collection includes two letters sent to Kirby L. Gray in Indianapolis, Indiana from Indiana politicians in U.S. Congress, Congresswoman Julia Carson and Senator Richard G. Lugar in Washington, D.C. ranging from 2001 to 2005 regarding child support and renewable energy and environmental conservation, specifically concerning Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).


  • 2001-2005


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

Julia May Carson was born Julia May Porter to a single mother, Velma V. Porter, in Louisville, Kentucky on July 8, 1938. Her family later moved to Indianapolis, Indiana where her mother worked as a domestic worker. Carson graduated from Crispus Attucks High School in 1955. Soon after, she married, had two children, and swiftly divorced. Carson attended college at Martin University and Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis. In 1965, she was hired by Conressman Andy Jacobs to do casework in his Indianapolis office. Carson served as a member of the Indiana House of Representatives (1972-1976) and Indiana State Senate (1976-1990). She then held the position of Center Township trustee of Marion County from 1990 to 1996. Finally, Carson became the first African American and woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for Indianapolis, Indiana begining January 3, 1997, an office she held until her death, caused by lung cancer, on December 15, 2007 in Indianapolis.

Richard Green Lugar was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on April 4, 1932. He attended public schools in Indiana before graduating from Denison University in Granville, Ohio in 1954. Lugar then attended Pembroke College in Oxford, England as Rhodes Scholar, receiving a graduate degree in 1956. He married Charlene Smeltzer on September 8, 1956 and had four sons. Lugar went into business largely concerning the manufacuring of food production equipment, livesock and grain operations, before enlisting in the U.S. Navy (1957-1960). He then entered the political arena, serving as a member of the Indianapolis Board of School Commissioners (1964-1967), the mayor of Indianapolis (1968-1975), U.S. Senate (1977-2013). After the end of his senatorial career, Lugar established The Lugar Center in Washington, D.C., a nonprofit public policy institution.


"Carson, Julia." In Contemporary Black Biography, vol. 69. Detroit, MI: Gale, 2009.

"Julia Carson, 69, U.S. Representative, Is Dead." New York Times, December 16, 2007. Accessed Septemer 2, 2015.

U.S. Congress. "Carson, Julia May, (1938-2007)." Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed September 2, 2015.

U.S. Congress. "Lugar Richard Green, (1932- )." Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed September 2, 2015.

U.S. Congress. "Memorial Addresses and Other Tributes Held in the House of Representatives and Senate of the United States Together with Memorial Services in Honor of Julia Carson: Late a Representative from Indiana." Washington DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2008. Accessed September 2, 2015.


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 Joan Gray and Kirby L. Gray on 2015/09/02.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/09/02 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid created 2015/09/02 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.