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Van Sickle Radio Supply Company collection

 Collection — Folder: S1781
Identifier: S1781

Scope and Contents

This collection contains advertising material for the Van Sickle Radio Supply Company of Indianapolis, Indiana, including the company's "Electronic Buyers Guide for 1960" catalog, a postcard size advertisement card (circa 1960s), and a brochure for its "Music for Production" System (circa 1944).


  • circa 1944-1960s

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 Van Sickle Radio Supply Company was located in Indianapolis, Indiana and was incorporated in 1936 by Irwin Eugene "Gene" Van Sickle and Thornton Graham for the purpose of manufacturing and selling radios, phonographs, and refrigerating devices. The company installed sound systems at a number of Indiana's large venues, including the Indiana State Fair Coliseum, the Music Hall at Purdue University, and at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Originally located at 34 Ohio Street, the company moved to a bigger facility at 102 S. Pennsylvania Street in May 1949. In May 1950, Graham purchased Van Sickle's partnership interest and then began operating under the corporate name Graham Electronics Supply, Inc. in January 1952. Gene Van Sickle opened a new Van Sickle Radio Supply Company at 4131 N. Keystone in November 1957, with the slogan, "Everything in Electronics." Mr. Van Sickle retired in 1976 and his business was taken over by the Koss family.


Information found within collection.

"Articles of Incorporation." Indianapolis Star (Ind.), July 31, 1936.

"Graham Electronics New Name of Firm." Indianapolis Star (Ind.), December 15, 1951.

"Happenings." Indianapolis Star (Ind.), July 21, 1976.

"Van Sickle Radio Supply Opens Doors." Indianapolis Star (Ind.), November 24, 1957.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a records transfer from the Genealogy Division, Indiana State Library in 2017/06.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2020/03/27 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2020/03/27 by Laura Eliason.
Van Sickle Radio Supply Company collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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