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Robert N. Printy collection

 Collection — Folder: S2431
Identifier: S2431

Scope and Contents

This collection contains several items collected by Robert "Bob" Printy related to the Lagro, Indiana public schools, including a program from the May 1896 high school commencement, an invitation for the 1913 high school commencement, a circa 1935 booklet listing the graduates of the high school from 1883 to 1935, and a copy of First Annual Catalogue, Public Schools of Lagro, Indiana, 1885-86. The catalogue includes a prospectus for 1886-1887 and lists H. F. Willkie as both the superintendent and the teacher of the high school. H. F. (Herman Francis) Willkie was the father of Wendell Willkie, the Republican presidential candidate in 1940.

The collection also contains a invitation to the 1913 commencement of Bippus High School in Huntington County and a photocopy of a January 22, 1975 letter sent to the Elwood Public Library by Printy regarding the Lagro catalogue and H. F. Willkie. An undated response was written at the end of the letter by Mrs. Esther B. Hunt, the head librarian of the Elwood Public Library.


  • 1885-1975

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 "Bob" Nelson Printy was born August 11, 1901 in Wabash County, Indiana to Everett and Ruth (Biggerstaff) Printy. He became a professional wrestler and performed a strongman act with the Ringling Brothers Circus. He also coached wrestling and worked for the Celotex factory in Lagro, Indiana. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a 50-year member of the Tuscan Masonic Lodge of Lagro. He married Dorothy Holcomb (1915-1974) on October 31, 1951. Printy died at the age of 80 on December 31, 1981.

Sources: "Robert Nelson Printy." Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed September 26, 2022.

"Dorothy Printy." Wabash Plain Dealer (IN), July 29, 1974. "Robert Nelson Printy." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed September 26, 2022.

"Robert Printy." Wabash Plain Dealer (IN), January 2, 1982.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a purchase from Bob Printy.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/09/26 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/09/26 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.