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Flying Squadron Foundation letter

 Collection — Folder: S1519
Identifier: S1519

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a September 12, 1918 letter written by Edward E. Mittman, executive secretary and treasurer of the Flying Squadron Foundation, and sent to Rev. H.D. Sterrett of Charlestown, Indiana regarding an offering taken at a meeting that totaled $234.21.


  • 1918/09/12


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.

Historical Note

The Flying Squadron of America was a national prohibition group headed up by Governor J. Frank Hanly. The "Squadron" force was made up of twenty men and women who traveled the country speaking twice daily promoting prohibition. The campaign began on September 30, 1914 and continued through June 6, 1915, for a total of 235 days with no date or place missed. Initially a temporary campaign, the squadron was disbanded on June 6 and the following day Hanly incorporated a new organization, the Flying Squadron Foundation, under the laws of Indiana with himself as president. With the slogan, "A Saloonless Nation by 1920," the Foundation continued the earlier group's nationwide propaganda campaign for total abstinence and national prohibition.


"Funeral of Hanly to be Wednesday." Indianapolis News (IN), August 2, 1920.

Pickett, Deets, Clarence True Wilson, and Ernest Dailey Smith, eds. The Cyclopedia of Temperance, Prohibition and Public Morals. New York: The Methodist Book Concern, 1917.

The Flying Squadron Foundation. Indianapolis?: Flying Squadron Foundation, n.d.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection contains one letter.

Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in the Indiana Division, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

ISLO 178 no. 4: The Flying Squadron Foundation

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2018/07/25 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2018/07/25 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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