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Frederick Landis papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S0800

Scope and Contents

This collection contains two copies of an article Frederick Landis wrote regarding Abraham Lincoln, the restoration of New Salem (Illinois), and the agreement Landis had with the State of Illinois for sole rights for a three year period to make a Lincoln movie in the restored town (circa 1923). The collection also includes some of his "Hoosiergrams" and "Yankee-Grams", and his one page compositions on George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt (circa 1923). Miscellaneous magazine and newspaper clippings about Mr. Landis are included as well (1927-1934).


  • 1923-1934


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

Frederick K. Landis was born August 13, 1872 in Seven Mile, Ohio to Abraham and Mary Landis. He moved with his family to Logansport, Indiana in 1875. Educated in the public schools of Logansport, he later attended the University of Michigan and received his law degree in 1895. He was elected to represent Indiana's 11th District in the United States Congress in 1902 and again in 1904. He married Bessie A. Baker on August 12, 1909 and they had six children. He was a noted lecturer, radio commentator, and newspaper columnist and for a number of years he was the editor of the Logansport Pharos Tribune and later the editor of the magazine,The Hoosier Editor. He also wrote several books and plays, includingGlory of His Country andAngel of Lonesome Hill. He was re-elected to Congress on November 6, 1934, but died of pneumonia and a heart attack less than two weeks later on November 15, 1934.

Sources: "Frederick Landis." 1930 United States Federal Census. Accessed March 3, 2017.

"Frederick Landis." Indianapolis Star (IN), November 16, 1934.

"Landis Is Dead At Logansport: Rite Tomorrow." Indianapolis Star (IN), November 16, 1934.

"Frederick Landis Dies: End Comes Peacefully Early This Morning After Heart Weakens" Logansport Paros-Tribune (IN), November 15, 1934.


0.02 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Frederick Landis Jr. in 1967/09.


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

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

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Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2017/03/03 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2017/03/03 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.