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Karl John Schoen collection

 Collection — Folder: S1144
Identifier: S1144

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a handwritten letter from Karl John Schoen to his brother, Joe Schoen, on October 28 regarding family news and flying against the German aviators, biographical information about Karl Schoen, several newspaper clippings about Karl Schoen and other American aviators during World War I, and a CD-ROM with a digital copy of a photograph of Effie May Schoen at Karl Schoen's gravesite in France as well as a photocopied version of the photograph.


  • 1918-1968


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

Karl John Schoen was born on October 20, 1894 to John, tailor and president of Schoen Brothers Cleaners, and Effie M. (Johnston) Schoen in Indianapolis, Indiana. Schoen graduated from Manual Training High School in 1913, and attended Purdue University with his brothers. In 1917, he married Maurene Luft, and joined the Purdue Unit at the first Officers’ Training Camp at Fort Benjamin Harrison. Schoen served as a 1st lieutenant and World War I flying ace, credited with seven aerial victories while flying a Spad XIII for the United States Army Air Service during World War I. He perished when his plane was shot down on October 29, 1918, leaving behind his widow, Maurine, and a 10-month-old daughter. He was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in 1919.


Franks, Norman, and Harry Dempsey.American Aces of World War I. Oxford: Osprey Aviation, 2001.

Indianapolis Star, November 27, 1918.

The Aerodrome. "Karl Schoen." Accessed February 8, 2016.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts through correspondence between Thomas Krasean, Indiana State Library, and Joe J. Schoen, brother of Karl John Schoen, 1969/01. The digital photograph of Effie May Schoen (Morgan) was received by Bradley Kent Damon 2016/05/05.


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

L138: Schoen family collection OH225: Joe Schoen oral history

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/11/19 by Linda Gellert. EAD finding aid created 2015/11/19 by Linda Gellert. EAD finding aid revised 2016/02/08 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid revised 2017/03/01 by Lauren Patton.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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