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Robert A. Hoover collection

 Collection — Folder: S2170
Identifier: S2170

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of photocopies of Robert A. Hoover's papers, with the bulk of the collection consisting of correspondecnce, documents, and newspaper clippings ranging from 1977 to 1980 regarding legislation related to the Indiana Toll Road Commission, its authority to issue bonds, the continued collection of tolls, and Representative Dean R. Mock's efforts to defeat the legislation. Other items in the collection include copies of pages concerning "The County Infirmary" from Henry S.K. Bartholomew's 1936 book Stories and Sketches of Elkhart County; an undated history about the Elkhart County Home written by Hoover; personal correspondence and a letter to the editor; his handwritten opinions regarding attempts to influence a federal judge hearing a gambling case; and obituaries, tributes and photographs of Mr. Hoover.


  • 1936-1980


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

Robert Amos Hoover was born October 10, 1897 in Goshen, Elkhart County, Indiana to Amos J. and Emma (Hoovens) Hoover. He attended Goshen High School and then the Kemper Military Academy in Boonville, Missouri for one year. He ran away from the military school and wandered in the West, working on ranches and farms before returning to Goshen around 1916. He married Edna Van Scoik in 1921 and they had four children. He worked as a conductor for the former New York Central Railroad and retired from the Penn Central Railroad in 1963. His political career began in 1921 when he succeeded his father as Republican committeeman of the 34th precinct. He served seven terms in the Indiana House of Representatives from 1935 to 1950 and was a member of the House Ways and Means Committee for twelve of his fourteen years. He continued to be active in county politics following his retirement from legislative service. He was a World War I veteran and was a member of the American Legion and World War I Veterans Association. Hoover passed away at the age of 82 on July 26, 1980.


Information found within collection. "Robert A. Hoover." Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed Jun 14, 2021.

Indiana Legislative Services Agency. "Robert A. Hoover." Indiana Legislator Database. Accessed Jun 14, 2021.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Nancy Glidewell on 1980/08/12.


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:

OH152: Robert A. Hoover, Sr. oral history

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 1998 by Philip N. Williams. EAD finding aid created 2021/06/14 by Laura Eliason.
Robert A. Hoover collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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