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Charles F. Fleming scrapbook

 Collection — Folder: S2037
Identifier: S2037

Scope and Contents

This collection contains pages from a scrapbook used by Charles F. Fleming to hold material related to his work with the Labor Legislative Council of Lake County and Vicinity, an organization established to oppose a petition by Standard Oil Company to build a pipeline from Whiting, Indiana to Indianaolis. Ranging from 1940 to 1952, the items from the scrapbook include correspondence, newspaper clippings, formal resolutions, and typed and handwritten notes for speeches and presentations delivered before public meetings. Several letters are from Congressman William T. Schulte and the collection also has a program and place card from the graduation exercises of the Petroleum Administration for Defense on May 29, 1952.


  • 1940-1952


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

Charles Francis Fleming was born September 18, 1907 in Hocking, Monroe County, Iowa to Charles J. and Margaret (Dunning) Fleming. His family moved to Indiana around 1910, first living in Brazil before moving to Jasonville in 1913. Fleming graduated from Jasonville High School in 1926 and moved with his family to Hammond in 1927. He attended Xavier University, Cincinnati, in 1927; Indiana University from 1929 to 1932; and the Chicago School of Radio and Television Techniquest in 1946. He was married twice, first to Elenore Kmiec in 1935 and then to Delores Holland in 1959.

A Democrat, Fleming worked for the Indiana State Board of Health from 1933 to 1935 and served as roll call clerk for the Indiana House of Representatives in 1937. He was elected a state senator for Lake County and served in the 1943, 1945, and 1947 legislative sessions. He also served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II (1943-1944). In 1948, Fleming was elected Indiana's secretary of state, but lost reelection in 1950. He had been a refinery worker and later served as vice-president of the Oil Workers International Union of Lake County and as secretary of the Labor Legislative Council of Lake County and Vicinity. Fleming later returned to Indiana University and earned a bacherlor's degree in 1962 and two master's degrees, one in 1964 and the other in 1966. He taught social studies for 12 years at an Indianapolis high school and served as principal doorkeeper in the Indiana House in 1975 and 1976. Fleming died at the age of 74 on August 8, 1984.

Sources: "Charles Fleming." 1910 United States Federal Census. Accessed October 8, 2020.

"Ex-Secretary of State Charles Fleming Dies." Indianapolis Star (Ind.), August 9, 1984.

January, Alan F. and Elizabeth Shanahan, comp. A Biographical Directory of the Indiana General Assembly, Volume 2, 1900-1984. Indianapolis: The Select Committee on the Centennial History of the Indiana General Assembly, 1984.


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 Charles F. Fleming on 1979/03/08.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

S3090: Charles F. Fleming collection
Charles F. Fleming 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.