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World War II collection

 Collection — Folder: S2125
Identifier: S2125

Scope and Contents

This collection contains items related to the "Book and Author Bond Rally" held on October 7, 1943 at the Murat Theater in Indianapolis, Indiana, including two admission tickets to the event, with one stamped "Reserved Section" on the front; a flyer advertising the rally; a form to be used to exchange for a ticket; a May 28, 1946 letter sent by Eugene Pulliam, State Chairman of the U.S. Savings Bond Division, to Harold F. Brigham regarding his awarding of a War Bond Rally Medal; Brigham's War Bond Rally medal; and the June 1, 1946 response letter from Brigham to Pulliam.

This collection also contains other World War II documents, including a Red Cross War Fund flyer soliciting contributions, with "Do You Know Them?" printed above pictures of John R. Roth and Wilbur Sharpe, both imprisoned in Germany; a blank D.S.S. form 2 registration certificate card (revised June 9, 1941); and a blank D.D.S. form 1 registration card (revised January 1, 1942).


  • 1941-1946


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.

Historical Note

The cost of World War II to the United States government was about $321,000,000,000. Taxes paid 41 percent of the cost and the remainder was paid by borrowing from financial institutions and the purchase of war bonds by American citizens. To drum up suport, war bond ralleys featured authors, singers, and Hollywood stars. Posters and other advertisements also featured patriotic images to stir Americans into buying bonds.

On the homefront and behind the battle lines, the American Red Cross provided a number of vital services during the war, including providing food and other supplies to prisoners of war. The organization conducted its own fund drives and received close to $785,000,000 in contributions.


American Red Cross. "World War II and the American Red Cross." Accessed January 6, 2021.

Freidel, Frank and William L. O'Neill. "World War II: The Road to War." Encyclopædia Britannica. Accessed January 5, 2021.

National Park Service. "War Bonds: Funding the War Effort." Accessed January 5, 2021.


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.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/01/06 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2021/01/06 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.