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Lorenz G. Schumm collection

 Collection — Folder: S1926
Identifier: S1926

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of letters, postcards, and a brochure regarding Indiana politics and history collected by Lorenz G. Schumm. The political documents include a postcard promoting an October 21, 1940 Republican rally in LaPorte County; a card with the 1948 Indiana Republican gubernatorial candidates - Alvan V. Burch, Hobart Creighton, Walter E. Helmke, and William E. Jenner - listed with boxes for "1st Choice" and "2nd Choice"; a June 11, 1851 letter sent by James G. Burnside, a Democrat re-elected a circuit judge from Vandalia, Illinois, thanking Schumm's for a letter he had sent on June 6; and two letters dated January 31, 1952, one from by Indiana Congressman Shepard J. Crumpacker and the second from Senator William E. Jenner, and sent in response to opposition to President Truman's proposed appointment of an ambassador to the Vatican. History items include a June 4, 1948 letter from the Evansville Stamp Club; a June 1952 letter of acknowlegment of payment for a copy of Indiana: From Frontier to Industrial Commonwealth; a November 3, 1952 postcard announcing the publication of Bibliographical Studies of Seven Authors of Crawfordsville; a brochure for the 1954-1955 schedule of "Hoosier Historical Tours"; and a September 12, 1958 letter from Alameda McCollough of Lafayette, Indiana regarding Cornelius Blue, a soldier of the American Revolution.


  • 1940-1958


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

Lorenz George Schumm was born September 5, 1891 in LaPorte, Indiana to Jacob and Amalia (Backhaus) Schumm. He worked for the First National Bank and Trust for 52 years and retired as vice-president in January 1958. Active in community affairs, he served on the boards of the LaPorte chapter of the Red Cross, the YMCA, the Civic Auditorium and the city library. He also served as president of the LaPorte County Historical Society and served on the boards of the Indiana State Library and the Indiana Historical Society. He was a noted authority on the Civil War and was one of the organizers of the Chicago Civil War Round Table. He had a strong interest in LaPorte County and Northern Indiana history and frequently gave public addresses regarding the history of the Hoosier state. He passed away at the age of 67 on May 24, 1959.

Sources: "Lorenz G. Schumm." Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed September 12, 2020. "Lorenz George Schumm." U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942.. Accessed September 12, 2020.

"L.G. Schumm, Historian and Civic Leader, Dies." LaPorte Herald-Argus (Ind.), May 25, 1959.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Lorenz G. Schumm.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 1998 by Philip N. Williams. EAD finding aid created 2020/09/12 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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