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Della Scott Swinehart scrapbook

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S1834

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a scrapbook containing items ranging from 1932 to 1952 and collected by Della Scott Swinehart. The bulk of the scrapbook consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, invitations, programs, awards, and badges related to her political activities during the 1930s for the Democratic party, both in Indiana and nationally. Some of the notable Democrats that she received letters, invitations, and Christmas cards from include May Thompson Evans, James A. Farley, Wray E. Fleming, Pleas E. Greenlee, Omar Stokes Jackson, Virginia E. Jenckes, Paul McNutt, Sherman Minton, Nellie Taylor Ross, and M. Clifford Townsend. The scrapbook also includes an essay she wrote about the defeat of the Republican party by Roosevelt's suporters (circa 1934); mileage ration cards; correspondence from Eugene C. Pulliam; a medal awarded to her by the U.S. Treasury for her work with war finance during World War II; newspaper clippings about her son, Lehman S. Swinehart, purchasing H.A. Adams Hardware in Richmond, Michigan; newspaper clippings regarding topics related to Clinton, Indiana; and a copy of Mrs. Swinehart’s resume. Loose materials from the scrapbook were placed in a second folder to better preserve items.


  • 1932-1952


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

Ora Della Scott was born on March 16, 1875 at Scotland, Illinois to Samuel and Lucretia (Jennings) Scott. She attended Illinois State Normal University for three and one-half years and was a teacher for seven years in Clinton and Clinton Township, Indiana schools. She married Frank L. Swinehart in June 1899 and they had two children. During World War I, she served as township chairman of the Council of Defense, Woman's Divison and as the first Liberty Loan chairman for Clinton Township. She was a member of the War Chest Board and was the Vermillion County War Bond chairman, Savings Bonds during World War II. Active in Democratic politics, she organized the Clinton Woman’s Democratic Club and served as its president and organized the St. Bernice Woman’s Democratic Club. She was also a charter member of the Indiana Woman’s Democratic Club, served as the Sixth District Democratic vice-chairman from 1932 to 1936, attended the 1932 Democratic National Convention as an alternate and was a delegate to the Democratic State Convention several times. She served her local community as a member of the school board, as a trustee and board member of the public library, and as Sunday school superintendent of the Methodist Episcopal church. She passed away at the age of 92 on February 17, 1968.


Information found within collection. "Della Swinehart." U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014. Accessed March 25, 2021. "Ora Della Scott." Illinois, U.S., Compiled Marriages, 1851-1900. Accessed March 25, 2021.

"Della Scott Swinehart." Terre Haute Tribune (Ind.), February 17, 1968.


0.02 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

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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 and EAD finding aid created in 1999 by Philip N. Williams. EAD finding aid revised 2021/03/26 by Laura Eliason.
Della Scott Swinehart scrapbook
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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