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Fred J. Nation collection

Identifier: L197

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence, documents, and reports from Fred J. Nation's work as press secretary to Indiana Governor Evan Bayh. Ranging from 1957 to 1990, the collection's material covers a number of issues and state events that took place during the first year and a half of Governor Bayh's time in office, including inauguration programs, schedules and speech drafts; correspondence, documents, and reports regarding domestic violence and the 1989 murder of Lisa M. Bianco by her ex-husband while he was out on a prison release; correspondence and documents from The Athletic Congress of the USA regarding the 1989 and 1990 NCAA Division One Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships; documents and newspaper clippings regarding the Hoosier Lottery scandal and subsequent lawsuit resulting from an affair between Hoosier Lottery Director Jack Crawford and Mary Cartwright, the lottery's human resources director; correspondence and documents regarding Indianapolis attorney John Price's crusade against obscene music and its sale to minors, specifically with regard to 2 Live Crew's album, As Nasty as They Wanna Be; and correspondence, documents and speech drafts for Governor Bayh’s 1990 State of the State address.


  • 1957-1990


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

Fred J. Nation is a lifelong resident of Terre Haute, Indiana. He was born on January 28, 1944 and is the son of Fred S. and Frieda Nation. He studied history at Indiana State University before entering the field of journalism as a reporter for the Terre Haute Tribune Star in 1965. In 1968, he became the director of public relations at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College and later served as vice president for development at the school. From 1974 to 1979, he was editor of the Terre Haute Spectator and then served as press secretary for Senator Birch Bayh from 1979 to 1980. He was a partner in the public relations company Graphic Edition Inc. in the 1980's and then served as press secretary for Governor Evan Bayh from 1989 to 1996. He served as executive vice president of communications for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from 1997 to 2011 and then became executive director of the Sheldon Swope Art Museum in Terre Haute in 2018. He married Nancy Louise Flak on January 30, 1965 and they have four children.

Sources: "Fred Joseph Nation." Indiana, Marriage Certificates, 1960-2005. Accessed January 23, 2020.

Fred J. Nation. "About Fred J. Nation." Facebook, January 23, 2020.

Greninger, Howard. "Fred Nation to Run for Terre Haute Mayor." Tribune-Star (Terre Haute, Ind.), December 15, 2010. Accessed January 23, 2020.

"Who's Who in Indianapolis Business: Fred J. Nation." Indianapolis Business Journal (Ind.), September 2, 1996.


1 Cubic Feet (3 manuscript boxes)

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Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 2020/01 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2020/01/28 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.