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Paul V. McNutt collection

 Collection — Folder: S902
Identifier: S0902

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a letter from Governor McNutt in response to an autograph request; a press release issuing McNutt's statement on Franklin D. Roosevelt's nomination for reelection; a letter from the President Paul V. McNutt for President to the Director of the Indiana State Library regarding McNutt's feelings on Roosevelt's nomination; and the thesis of Larry Purvis on Paul V. McNutt's 1940 presidential campaign.


  • 1935-1989


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

Paul Vories McNutt was born on July 19, 1891, in Franklin, Indiana. His parents were John C. and Ruth Neely McNutt. The family moved to Martinsville, Indiana, in 1899. He graduated from Indiana University in 1913 and Harvard University Law School in 1916. He then returned to Martinsville to practice law with his father. In the fall of 1917, McNutt accepted an assistant professorship at the Indiana University Law School. McNutt served as an officer in World War I and resumed his post at the Indiana University Law School upon his return in 1919. In 1925, he was appointed Dean of the school and held the position until the inauguration as Governor of Indiana in 1933.

McNutt was elected Governor of Indiana on the Democratic ticket in November 1932. He also served as High Commissioner to the Philippines (1937-1939); administrator of the Farm Security Administrator (1939-1945); chairman of the War Manpower Commission (1942-1945); and the first United States ambassador to the Philippine Republic (1946-1947). In 1940, he ran for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States but was defeated by Franklin D. Roosevelt. Following his term as a United States ambassador, McNutt retired from public service and practiced law in New York, Washington, D.C., and Manila. He died on March 24, 1955.


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 Dr. Milton Kronovat in 1952 and F. Gerald Handfield, Jr. on 1992/02/21.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 1999 by Phillip Williams and Christina Baich during November 2005. EAD finding aid created 2014/12/17 by Bethany Fiechter.
Paul V. McNutt collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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