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DeForest O'Dell speech

 Collection — Folder: S1025
Identifier: S1025

Scope and Contents

This collection contains DeForest O'Dell's paper that he read before the Indianapolis Literary Club on March 16, 1953. The paper is titled, "Indianapolis Newspapers in 1853 and 1953," and it offers an in-depth discussion about Indiana's capitol city newspapers and how and why the publications differed over the century.


  • 1953/03/16


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

DeForest O'Dell was born on January 1, 1898 in Atlanta, Georgia to Thomas And Ella O'Dell. He married Caroline Godley (1905-1995) on June 18, 1927 and they had two daughters. He taught journalism at Butler University (1925-1932), worked for the Associated Press, and served as dean of the Drake School of Journalism at New York City (1933-1938). O'Dell was later on the faculty of Western Illinois State Teachers College (1938-1945), and returned to Butler in 1946 as head of the journalism department. During his early years, he was employed by all three Indianapolis newspapers. O'Dell was chairman of the Butler University Journalism Department at the time of his death on June 19, 1958.

Sources: "DE Forest Odell." Web: Marion County, Indiana Marriage Index, 1925-2012. Accessed July 12, 2016. "DE Forest O'Dell." Indiana Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed July 12, 2016.

"DeForest O'Dell of Butler Dies." The Indianapolis Star, June 20, 1958. "Caroline Godley O'Dell." Find a Grave Index. Accessed July 12, 2016.


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 DeForest O'Dell in 1953.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/07/13 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2016/07/13 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.