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Harry Dynes papers

Identifier: L256

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the collection consists of K.C. Adams’ correspondence during the period 1916-1917 when he was working as publicity director of the United Mine Workers (UMW) in Indianapolis. The correspondence includes both letters received and sent by Adams and regard organizing activities of UMW; strikes and other labor conflicts in coalfields in Colorado, Utah, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and other places; the role of UMW in the 1916 presidential election; the involvement of UMW with the American Committee on War Finance and other groups regarding labor’s role in World War I; and correspondence with the Committee on Industrial Relations, the National Labor Defense Council, and other pro-labor groups. The collection also includes a Dynes family scrapbook, primarily of Indianapolis Republican Party programs, election tickets, ribbons, broadsides and other campaign material (1873-1923); papers relating to the Indiana Selective Service Association (1918-1921); correspondence regarding the visit of David Lloyd-George to Indianapolis (1923); letters to Dynes from World War II soldiers (1942); and a collection of Indianapolis clippings and cards, including newspaper stories regarding a 1927 Indianapolis trolley-truck accident (1924-1945).

Correspondents include: Dante Barton, Samuel W. Gompers, William P. Harvey, Edward Keating, John L. Lewis, Frank Morrison, Phillip Murray, Scott Nearing, Paul Paulsen, Amos Pinchot, George P. West, John P. White, and Thomas J. White.


  • 1873-1945


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

Harry Dynes (1884-1968) was an executive with the Equitable Life Assurance Society of America, Indianapolis; Republican member, Indiana House of Representatives (1917); secretary, Indiana Selective Service Association (1921); Conciliator for the U.S. Labor Department in the 1920s and 1930s.

K.C. Adams (d. 1956) served as an official with the United Mine Workers of American until 1948, including service as publicity director for the UMW, based in Indianapolis (1913-1918), and editor of the United Mine Works Journal until 1948.


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.


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:

S0397: Harry B. Dynes collection

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2004/08 by Jennifer Duplaga. EAD finding aid created 2018/04/30 by Lauren Patton.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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