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Sherman Minton speech and letter

 Collection — Folder: S0969
Identifier: S0969

Scope and Contents

The collection contains a speech given by Sherman Minton at the presentation ceremonies held at the Floyd County Circuit Court Room in July 1955, which gives the history of the Floyd County courts. There is also a letter written by Minton after his stroke.


  • 1955-1962


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

Sherman Minton was born on October 20, 1890, in Georgetown, Floyd County, Indiana. He graduated from Indiana University (1915) and Yale University (1916). He married Gertrude Gurtz with whom he had one son, Sherman, Jr. In 1915, he was admitted to the bar and began practicing in New Albany, Indiana. During World War I, he served as a Captain in the Motor Transport Corps (1917-1919). He remained in the Officers’ Reserve Corps after the war (1919-1943). After practicing in New Albany for ten years, Minton moved to Miami, Florida, where he practiced for three years before returning to Indiana. In 1933, he became public counselor of Indiana. Two years later, he was elected to the U.S. Senate and served for three terms (1935-1941). Minton then became judge of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. He remained on the Circuit Court bench until 1949, when Harry S Truman appointed him to the United States Supreme Court. Minton served as an Associate Justice from 1949 to 1956, when he resigned due to poor health. He retired to New Albany, where he died on April 9, 1965.


Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. United States Congress. Accessed April 24, 2006.

Thompson, Donald E., comp. Indiana Authors and Their Books, 1967-1980. Crawfordsville, IN: Wabash College, 1981.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)


This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Conway Barker on 1973/04/17; John Cody on 1955/09/09.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2006/04 by Christina Baich. EAD finding aid created 2006/04 by Christina Baich. EAD finding aid revised 2015/11/06 by Laura Eliason.
Sherman Minton speech and letter
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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