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Harry D. Hartley collection

Identifier: L273

Scope and Contents

The collection includes Harry D. Hartley’s correspondence and papers regarding his family’s property (1925–1940), particularly property in Kokomo, Howard County, Indianak, which was leased for an A and P grocery store in 1930. Also included is correspondence pertaining to his proposed book on the contributions of Hoosiers to the development of the United States and western civilization (1939–1951), and letters relating to an Indianapolis talk given by Arthur E. Morgan on his investigations into the Tennessee Valley Authority (1939). Also included are transcripts of the meetings of the Forward Club, organized by Hartley (1928, 1938) and master’s thesis written at Purdue University (1903).

Additionally, the collection contains scrapbook of clippings, photographs, and letters on the Reeves Pulley Company of Columbus, Bartholomew County, which manufactured automobiles in the early twentieth century.

Correspondents include Carl Fisher, Robert Forgan, Philip M. Hauser, Arthur E. Morgan, Frederick Von Nuys, and Herman B. Wells.


  • 1925-1951


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 D. Hartley, born in Indiana in 1882, served as the president of Pioneer Coal and Shaft Company, as well as president of the Piqua Savings Bank in Piqua, Miami County, Ohio. Upon moving to Indianapolis, he served as president of the Turner Glass Company (circa 1926–1930). Hartley worked as a business consultant, while handling his family’s investments. During World War II, Hartley served on the War Rationing Board in Indianapolis. He was married to Alta Reeves Hartley. Harry Hartley died in 1959.


0.6 Cubic Feet (2 manuscript boxes)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed by Unknown 1997/11. Collection re-processed 2012/01 by Brent Abercrombie. 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.