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Billy D. Caudell political memorabilia

Identifier: L239

Scope and Contents

This collection includes advertising items from political campaigns, including a hat, buttons, a stuffed plush talking donkey, a cocktail glass with logo, cigarettes and a cigarette carrying case, a pen, medallions, and photograph of Franklin Delano Roosevelt ranging from 1935 to 1996 regarding political campaigns and historical events.


  • 1935-1996

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

Billy "Billie" Dean Caudell was born Nov. 25, 1921 to Maurice Cecil and Ethel M. Whelchel Caudell in Fortville, Indiana. He had four siblings, including two sisters; Virginia and Nyda June and two brothers; Jack D. and David. He married Mary Lois Snider on Mar. 21, 1942 and they had four daughters: Sharon L., Deanna J., Marcia R. and Carmen Marie "Candy" and two sons; Franklin Delano and Jerome D. "Jay".

Billy worked as a warehouse manager at Fort Benjamin Harrison during World War II. Following that he was an engineer for the Indiana Department of Transportation for 12 years, an assistant office manager at the DuPont plant in Fortville for 16 years and Postmaster of the Fortville branch of the U.S. Post Office for 19 years, from which position he retired in 1987. He was the Democratic precinct committeeman for the Town of Fortville for over 50 years. He also served as past grandmaster of the Fortville Independent Order of Odd Fellows, to which organization he belonged for more than 50 years. He held found the Fortville Little League Association in 1953 and served as coach for 15 years. He was also instrumental in forming Landmark Park in Fortville.

Billy died June 30, 2003; Mary died in 2013, and they are buried in Gravel Lawn Cemetery in Madison County, Indiana.

Sources: "Billie D. Caudell." 1940 United States Federal Census. Accessed May 23, 2016. "Billy Dean Caudell." U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007. Accessed May 23, 2016.

"Billy D. Caudell." Greenfield (IN) Daily Reporter, July 2, 2003. "Billy D. Caudell." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed May 23, 2016.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Marcia R. Caudell on 2013/06/04.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/05/23 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2016/05/23 by Edythe Huffman.
Bill D. Caudell political memorabilia
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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