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Raymond E. Willis papers

Identifier: L179

Scope and Contents

This collection contains mainly original correspondences of Raymond E. Willis including his campaigns for senator in 1938, 1940, and 1946 and his years as a senator. It contains mostly political correspondences dealing with the Republican Party and Indiana politics. Also included here are Willis’s voting records from 1941 to 1944 and a scrapbook compiled about his 1940 opponent Senator Sherman Minton. The materials are in chronological order.


  • 1936-1950


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

Raymond Eugene Willis was born in Waterloo, Indiana on August 11, 1875. He attended Waterloo Public Schools and graduated from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana in 1896. He became a printer in 1898 and worked for various papers in Angola, Indiana. He was the Steuben County Republican central committee secretary in 1908; he served as the Angola postmaster, 1910-1914; and served as the Indiana Republican Editorial Association president until going into the Indiana House of Representatives in 1919. He was a Republican national convention delegate, 1940-1952. He ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 1938 but was elected in 1941 and served until 1947. He then returned to the publishing business as president of the Steuben Printing Company and became the trustee of Tri-State College in Angola, Indiana. Willis died in Angola, March 21, 1956 and is interred at Circle Hill Cemetery.


United States Congress. "Willis, Raymond Eugene." Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed December 13, 2006.

Shepherd, Rebecca A., et al., eds. A Biographical directory of the Indiana General Assembly , vol. 2. Indianapolis : Select Committee on the Centennial History of the Indiana.


1.3 Cubic Feet (4 manuscript boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation by Raymond E. Willis.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2006 December by Barbara Hilderbrand. EAD finding aid created 2006 December by Barbara Hilderbrand. EAD finding aid revised 2015/11/24 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.