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Ethel McCollough papers

 Collection — Folder: S867
Identifier: S0867

Scope and Contents

This collection comprises documents and ephemera from the Evansville Public Library, a bank, local schools and church organizations, and federal employment programs in Evansville, Indiana ranging from October, 1933 to April, 1934, regarding local financial and educational issues resulting from the Great Depression. Documents concerning the Evansville Public Library's financial issues include the transcript of a radio talk given by Ethel McCollough and financial reports of building and Civil Works Administration (CWA) projects. Other financial documents comprise a copy of the 1933 president's report to stockholders of the Interstate Finance Corporation and papers regarding the liquidation of the American Trust and Savings Bank. There are also blank forms for an emergency reemployment program and emblems from the National Recovery Administration (NRA).


  • 1933-1934


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.

Historical Note

The Civil Works Administration (CWA) and the National Recovery Administration (NRA) were two of many programs created under President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal to provide relief and employment for Americans during the Great Depression. A short-term program, the CWA provided temporary employment to 4 million people from November 8, 1933 to March 31, 1934, and was superseded by the Federal Employment Relief Administration. The NRA, which functioned from 1933 to 1935, was established to create codes of fair employment practices, incluidng minimum wage, maximum weekly hours, minimum sales prices, and the end of child labor.

Biographical Note

Ethel Farquhar McCollough was a librarian and the first director of the Evansville Public Library (now Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library), a position she held from 1912 to 1947. McCollough was born on July 11, 1875 in Franklin, Indiana and graduated from the New York State Library School in 1904.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Ethel McCollough on 1936/07/31.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/07/08 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid created 2014/07/08 by Brittany Kropf.


Ethel McCollough papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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