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Vance Hartke letters and newsletters

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S0606

Scope and Contents

This collection includes one letter sent to Vance Hartke from Harry S. Truman in 1958 and five letters sent by Hartke and his staff to constituents ranging from 1965 to 1973, regarding visits to Indiana, public policy, and Senator Hartke's continuing concerns about the war in Cambodia. It also includes newsletters from Senator Vance Hartke's Washington, D.C. office from 1960 to 1973.


  • 1958-1973


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

(Rupert) Vance Hartke was born in Stendal, Pike County, Indiana on May 31, 1919. He served in the United States Coast Guard and Navy during World War II, advancing from seaman to lieutenant. He graduated from Indiana University Law School in 1948 and began his law career in Evansville, Indiana. A Democrat, he served as the mayor of Evansville, Indiana (1956-1958), before resigning to become a United States Senator. He was re-elected to the senate in both 1964 and 1970 and he advocated for civil rights and social programs like medicare. Senator Hartke was well known for his opposition to the Vietnam War and unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in 1972. He lost his bid for re-election in 1976 to Richard Lugar. Senator Hartke died in Falls Church, Virginia on July 27, 2003 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


"Ex-Sen. Hartke, a foe of Vietnam War, dies." Indianapolis Star, July 29, 2003, p. A1. Print.

"Hartke, Rupert Vance." Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved July 14, 2015.

"Vance Hartke, 84, Antiwar Senator from Indiana Dies." New York Times, July 29, 2003. Retrieved July 14, 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.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/07/14 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2015/07/14 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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