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Sherman Minton and Austin A. Cole letter and photograph

 Collection — Folder: S0983
Identifier: S0983

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a May 29, 1954 letter written by United States Supreme Court Justice Sherman Minton and sent to Dr. Austin A. Cole, principal of New Albany High School in New Albany, Indiana. In the letter, Minton thanks Cole for inviting him to the school's centennial celebration and states that it was "one of the happiest experience of my life." The collection also includes a photograph of Minton and Cole holding a portrait of Minton that was presented to the school by the school's retiring superintendent, Harry R. Davidson, during the May 27th banquet.


  • 1954/05


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

Austin Allen Cole was born on March 13, 1908 in Henry County, Indiana to Alva and Elizabeth Cole. He graduated from Milroy High School in Rush County, Indiana and received his bachelor's degree from Ball State University (1933), his masters from Peabody Teachers College (1938), and his Ph.D. from Columbia University (1942). Cole married Martha Jane Chattin on July 16, 1939 and they had two daughters. He was a teacher and served as principal at several Indiana schools, including New Albany High School from 1948 to 1954. Cole also worked in college admissions for Wabash College and Illinois Institute of Technology - Chicago. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and passed away at the age of 82 on October 18, 1990.

Sources: "Austin Allen Cole." Indiana Birth Certificates, 1907-1940. Accessed June 8, 2018.

"Austin A. Cole Gets Richmond School Post." National Road Traveler (Cambridge City, IN), August 15, 1946. Accessed June 8, 2018.

"Martha Chattin--Austin Cole." Rushville Republican (IN), July 19, 1939. Accessed June 8, 2018.

"News Release, September 19, 1960." Illinois Institute of Technology, Dept. of Public Relations. Accessed June 8, 2018.

Biographical Note

Sherman Minton was born on October 20, 1890 in Georgetown, Indiana to John and Emma Minton. He graduated from New Albany High School in 1910, earned his law degree from Indiana University in 1915, and received an additional degree from Yale University in 1916. Minton was an officer during World War I and practiced law in New Albany. A Democrat, he was elected to the United States Senate in 1934, but lost his reelection bid in 1940. In 1941, Minton received an appointment to the White House staff as an administrative assistant in charge of coordinating military agencies. Later that same year, he was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh District. On October 5, 1949, Minton was nominated by President Truman to the United States Supreme Court and was confirmed by the Senate on October 12th. He retired from the Court on October 15, 1956 due to ill health. Minton married Gertrude Gurtz on August 11, 1917 and they had three children. He passed away at the age of 74 on April 9, 1965.

Sources: "Sherman Minton." Indiana Marriages, 1810-2001. Accessed June 8, 2018.

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 1774-Present. "Minton, Sherman." Accessed June 8, 2018.

The Supreme Court Historical Society. "Sherman Minton, 1949-1956." Timeline of the Justices. Accessed June 8, 2018.


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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Barbara C. Notch on 2018/04/30 as a gift from the family of Dr. Austin A. Cole.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2018/06/08 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2018/06/08 by Laura Eliason.
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Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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