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Otto Ray collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S1098

Scope and Contents

This collection includes personal correspondence, articles, and legislation regarding the Indianapolis Humane Society, the Dog Pound, and cruelty to animals, ranging from February 1967-July 1972. Also included is Sheriff Otto Ray's book titled "A Report on the Breakdown of Law and Order" and a 106 page typed autobiography.


  • 1967-1972

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

Otto Ray, a native of Indianapolis, was a city councilman, a captain in the Indianapolis Police Department, Sheriff of Marion County, and investigator for the Humane Society. He became a member of the Humane Society of Indianapolis in 1912 when he was 24 years old, and operated the animal shelter at 7929 North Michigan Road for 25 years. He fought to keep the Dog Pound and the Humane Society as separate entities.


0.02 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Otto Ray on 1968/12/23.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed 2015/01/22 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield.
Otto Ray 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.