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Elizabeth Claypool Earl papers

 Collection — Folder: S1605
Identifier: S1605

Scope and Contents

This collection includes notes, three signed statements, and one letter from Elizabeht Claypool Earl, circa 1929-1931, regarding the important role of public libraries in schools and rural communities. Two of the signed statements are from Indiana Governor Harry G. Leslie and Roy P. Wisehard, superintendant of the Indiana Department of Publlic Instruction, Division of Elementary and High School Inspection.


  • circa 1929-1931


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

Elizabeth Claypool Earl was an advocate for public libraries in Indiana during the early 20th century. She was born to Austin Bingley and Hannah Ann (Petty) Claypool in Wayne County, Indiana on June 25, 1856. The family later lived in Connersville, Indiana. She married Morell J. Earl (1853-1879) in 1878. She served as president of the Indiana Union of Literary Clubs in 1903 and the Indiana secretary of the General Federation of Women's CLubs during 1915-1916.

In June of 1897, the Indiana Union of Literacy Clubs appointed her the chairman of a committee of five persons intended to cooperate with the Library Association of Indiana (today the Indiana Library Federation) to frame a law which would secure a library commission, later the Indiana Public Library Commission. Earl became one of the first appointees to the commission and served on it for many years, serving as its president from 1916 to 1925, and as the president of the Indiana Library and History Department during 1925-1926. She also sat on the Indiana State Library and Historical Board and the Indiana State Library Building Commission until her death. Earl died on December 8, 1931 and was buried in Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana.


Information in the collection. "Elizabeth Claypool Earl." Find a Grave Index. Accessed May 18, 2016.

Indiana State Library. "History of the Library." Accessed May 18, 2016.

Preer, Jean, and Lydia Spotts. "Meeting under the Dome: The ALA Holds Its 1928 Conference in West Baden." Indiana Libraries ( ): 12. Accessed May 18, 2016.

Public Library Commission of Indiana. "The Commission's Sponsors." Library Occurrent 5, no. 9 (1919): 299-300. Accessed May 18, 2016.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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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 Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

L570: Indiana State Llibrary collection

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/04/14 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid created 2016/04/14 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid revised 2016/05/18 by Brittany Kropf.
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Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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