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Herbert L. Heller papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S0630

Scope and Contents

This collection includes letters, notes, clippings, and other papers from Herbert L. Heller in Indiana ranging from 1867 to 1950, including notes for his dissertation on the education of African Americans in Indiana during the 19th century, a volume of lecture notes with pasted illustrations on art history, English history, and literature from 1867, and miscellaneous primary source materials he collected during historical research on education and religion in Indiana.

The documents include typed transcripts of the diary of Lenna L. Hadley of Mooresville, Indiana (1890-1891); the personal narrative of Lynn Smith of New Castle, Indiana (1898-1902) about the Klondike gold rush; the teaching contract of Robert Harrison at the Friends' School in Milton, Indiana (1833); "Rules and Regulations, Duties of Pupils" from Dublin Academy (1868); and metting minuts of the Volga Debating & Literary Society (1885-1889). There are also original documents including three letters to Judge Eugene H. Bundy, two from U.S. Congressman Thomas M. Browne (1882-1883) and one from Indiana Governor Winfield T. Durbin (1900(, a flyer for the McMurry & Fisher Patent Vault Hearse, and a postcard from British Prime Minister William E. Gladstone (1891) pasted on a card photograph.


  • 1867-1950


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

Herbert L. Heller (1908-1983) was a native of New Castle, Indiana. Heller graduated from Indiana University in 1931. He earned advanced degrees at Ball State and Indiana, and began a career in education by teaching American and Indiana history at New Castle High School. He soon moved to college teaching, however, serving as registrar at Hanover College until 1950, teaching education at DePauw University from 1950 to 1959, and subsequently holding various positions at Alaska Methodist University, California Western University, and Baldwin-Wallace College. Heller wrote several books on the history of his native town and county, including Newspaper Readings in the History of New Castle(1941-1942), The Schools of New Castle, Indiana: A Documentary History (1970), and Historic Henry County (3 volumes, 1981-1982).


0.03 Cubic Feet (3 folders)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Herbert L. Heller.


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collection(s) in Rare Books and Manuscripts Division and print collections, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

L220: Herbert Heller collection Heller, Herbert Lynn. "Negro Education in Indiana from 1816 to 1869." PhD diss., Indiana University, 1951. ISLI 371.974 H477n

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/09/12 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid created 2015/09/12 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.