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Lloyd Whitmer collection

 Collection — Folder: S1859
Identifier: S1859

Scope and Contents

This collection includes two typewritten copies of "The Change - From Buns to Bobs: A Study of Modes of Hairdressing on Ladies in Tell City Fifty Years Ago (1920-1930)," a report and program given by Lloyd Whitmer to the Tell City Historical Society in October 1975. The report includes an appendices containing typewritten transcriptions of the 1925 Saturday Evening Post article, "Erstwhile Crowning Glory"; excerpts of the articles "Why I Boobed My Hair" by Mary Garden and "Why I Have Not Bobbed My Hair" by Mary Pickford from the April 1927 edition of Pictorial Review; and a excerpt of an June 1928 newspaper article with the headline "Pickford Has Curls Cut Off."

The collection also includes copies of the pages from the December 18 and 25, 1975 editions of the Tell City News that reprinted his "Buns to Bobs" report and two copies of the the map "'Re-ride the Rebel Road': Route of Civil War Invasion by Confederate Cavalry of Caption Thomas H. Hines, June 17, 1863" and program printed for the June 18, 1961 Civil War Centennial Commemoration sponsored by the Perry County Civil War Centennial Committee.


  • 1961-1975


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 / Historical

Elmer Lloyd Whitmer was born April 22, 1912 in Boonville, Warrick County, Indiana to Bird E. and Lockie (Fisher) Whitmer. He graduated from high school in Evansville, Indiana and worked for the Evansville Printing Company before serving as a corporal in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. Following the war, he attended Evansville College (now the University of Evansville) and the Indiana University School of Law and graduated cum laude from both institutions. Whitmer first practice law in Boonville, then moved to Tell City in Perry County and served as a prosecutor from 1959 to 1970. He later served as a deputy of the state attorney general's office in the 1970s. He was also a historian and published articles and gave presentations about local history. He married Jane Hoover (1913-2003) and they had one daughter. Whitmer passed away at the age of 85 on December 10, 1997.


Information found within collection. "Elmer Lloyd Whitmer." U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970. Accessed May 3, 2021. "Elmer Lloyd Whitmer." Find a Grave Memorial no. 49012278. Accessed May 3, 2021.

"Whitmer to Seek Post in Warrick." Indianapolis Star (Ind.), February 16, 1958.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Lloyd Whitmer on 1976/05/06.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/05/04 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2021/05/04 by Laura Eliason.
Lloyd Whitmer 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.