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Norman J. Neely collection

 Collection — Folder: S2310
Identifier: S2310

Scope and Contents

This collection incudes Norman J. Neely's day book calendar for 1951, with brief notations entered on the pages for January and February while he served in the Indiana General Assembly. The pages for the remaining months in the calendar were not used. The collection also includes three copies of a typewritten invitation letter from the Alpha Tau Omega (A.T.O.) fraternity for the annual Province XVII "State" dinner and dance that was to be held on March 3, 1951 at the Claypool Hotel in Indianapolis. One of the letters has a P.S. message that mentions no mailing list for alumni and asks the recipient to mail the extra copies of the letter to fellow brothers of the A.T.O. who might not otherwise know about the event.


  • 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

Norman Jerome Neely was born February 25, 1905 in Terre Haute, Indiana to Charles M. and Amelia F. (Kantmann) Neely. He graduated from Wiley High School in 1923 and attended Rose Polytechnic Institute (now Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology) from 1923 to 1925 before transferring to Indiana University to study law. Neely was admitted to the bar in 1929 and established his law practice in Bloomington, Indiana. He later became associated with the Sanders, Gravelle, Whitlock and Howery law firm of Washington, D.C. and was working in Des Moines, Iowa when he married Thelma Simpson on July 16, 1938. By 1940, Neely had returned to Bloomington and resumed his law practice there. Following Thelma's death in March 1951, he married Helen (Rogers) Rechter in 1952. Neely served in the Indiana House of Representatives in 1951 and 1953 and served as Republican majority leader during the 1953 session. He died on October 30, 1963 at his home in Naples, Florida, where he had moved from Bloomington, Indiana the previous year.

Sources: "Norman J. Neely." 1940 United States Federal Census. Accessed April 19, 2022. "Thelma Grace Neely." Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed April 18, 2022.

"Ex-GOP House Leader Norman J. Neely Dies." Indianapolis Star, November 1, 1963.

"Rep. Neely Weds Mrs. Ben Rechter." Indianapolis Star, December 16, 1952.

"Thelma Simpson Says Vows in Noon Ceremony." The Des Moines Register (IA), July 17, 1938.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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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 2022/04/19 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/04/19 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.