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Harvey W. Wiley letters

 Collection — Folder: S1408
Identifier: S1408

Scope and Contents

This collection includes three letters written by Dr. Harvey W. Wiley on the Good Housekeeping Bureau of Foods, Sanitation and Health’s letterhead and sent to staff at the Indiana State Library on January 17, 1927, March 15, 1928, and February 5, 1929. Each letter expresses Dr. Wiley’s thanks for assistance he received regarding a book of poems by M. Louise Chitwood and information about public libraries in Indiana. The collection also includes a copy of a March 20, 1928 letter written by Louis J. Bailey, Director of the Indiana State Library, and sent to Dr. Wiley asking if he might obtain a copy of “The Education of a Backwoods Hoosier,” an address given by Wiley before the Literary Society of Washington.


  • 1927-1929


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 / Historical

Harvey Washington Wiley was a pioneer consumer activist and was known as the "Father of the Pure Food and Drugs Act." He was born on October 18,1844 in Kent, Jefferson County, Indiana to Preston and Lucinda Wiley. He graduated from Hanover College in 1867, earned a medical degree from Indiana Medical College in 1871, and received a bachelor of science degree from Harvard University in 1873. In 1874, he became a chair of the chemistry department at Purdue University. In 1883, he moved to Washington, D.C. to becone chief chemist for what is now the Department of Agriculture and his work there regarding pure and unadulterated foods culminated with the passage of the Pure Food and Drugs Act in 1906. Wiley left his government post in 1912 to become the director of the Bureau of Foods, Sanitation, and Health for Good Housekeeping. He married Anna C. Kelton (1877-1964), a noted suffragist, on February 27, 1911 and they had two sons. He passed away at the age of 86 on June 30, 1930.


"Harvey W. Wiley: Pioneer Consumer Activist." FDA Consumer, January-February 2006.

"President Couldn't Change Dr. Wiley When Chemist Thought He Was Right." Indianapolis Star, July 1, 1930.

Turning Point Suffragist Memorial. "Anna Kelton Wiley." Accessed June 3, 2019.

Watkins, Everett C. "Dr. Harvey W. Wiley Dies Near Hour He Preferred." Indianapolis Star, July 1, 1930.


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.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2019/06/03 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2019/06/03 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.