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Martha Moomaw papers

Identifier: L265

Scope and Contents

This collection includes an autographed, signed letter from Samuel J. Keller in California; biographical information about the Keller family; newspaper articles about Kellers and other subjects; high school yearbooks and scrapbooks; and photograph albums from Martha Moomaw ranging from 1876 to 1931 regarding high school and social life, Earl Edward "Red" Moomaw's athletic career, and family history.


  • 1876-1931, undated


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

Martha M. Plessinger Moomaw was born August 19, 1898 in Bluffton, Indiana to Charles H. and Lydia M. (Keller) Plessinger. She appears to have been an only child. Moomaw went to school in Bluffton and at Indiana University in Bloomington with Earl Edward "Red" Moomaw (who was an important athlete at IU), whom Plessinger married June 25, 1925. She worked as a teacher in Fort Wayne, Indiana and Bluffton. When the Moomaws moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, Martha Moomaw became a volunteer in many organizations. She was the director of the Wabash Street Club of the Indianapolis Service Men's Centers in the 1940s, was a member and often president of the Tri Kappa Council, Girl Scout Council, and Alpha Delta Latreian Club. Moomaw died September 11, 1997 and was buried in the Fairview Cemetery in Bluffton.


Materials in the collection. "Martha M. Plessinger." 1910 United States Federal Census. Accessed July 25, 2016. "Earl Edward "Red" Moomaw. Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed July 25, 2016. "Martha Maurine Plessinger Moomaw." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed July 25, 2016.

"Mrs. Earl Moomaw." Indianapolis Sunday Star, May 23, 1943.


0.6 Cubic Feet (2 manuscript boxes)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Martha Plessinger Moomaw on 1979/03/27.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/07/25 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2016/07/25 by Edythe Huffman.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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