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Robert K. Kyle collection

Identifier: L312

Scope and Contents

This collection includes personal and publicized writings, scrapbooks, clippings and photographs from Robert K. Kyle ranging from 1900 to 1978. It also contains correspondence from his time working as a newspaper editor at the Indianapolis Star and chair of the Department of Conservation for the State of Indiana.

There are also blueprints for the home of Robert K. Kyle and an Indianapolis Press Club award from 1974 (OBC090).


  • 1900-1978


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 K. Kyle was born to (David) Melvin and Edith Adel (Keller) Kyle on August 11, 1898 in Bourbon, Marshall County, Indiana. Beginning in 1924, Kyle held various newspaper positions in Mishawaka, South Bend, and Indianapolis, including copy editor, news editor, advertising, and copy reader. He was an editor for the Indianapolis Star and would frequently write about Indiana politics. He married Mildred E. Busart, a school teacher, on April 23, 1938 in Marion, Indiana. The couple moved to Culver, Indiana by 1940. Kyle also handled several publicity campaigns, including Glen Hillis for governor, James E. Emmert for attorney general and judge. Kyle served as the head of the Indiana Department of Conservation. Mildred E. Kyle died on May 18, 1976 in Plymouth, Indiana. He died on April 20, 1979 in Plymouth, Marshall County, Indiana and was buried in Culver Masonic Cemetery in Culver, Indiana beside his wife.

Sources: "Mildred E. Kyle." Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed March 29, 2021. "Robert K. Kyle." 1900-1940 United States Federal Censuses. Accessed March 29, 2021. "Robert K. Kyle." Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed March 29, 2021. "Robert K. Kyle." Marion County, Indiana, U.S., Marriage Index, 1925-2012. Accessed March 29, 2021.


3.6 Cubic Feet (1 cubic foot box, 1 small manuscript box, 1 oversize box, 1 large oversize folder)

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Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

OBC090: Robert K. Kyle oversize collection

OH163: Robert K. Kyle oral history

P006: Robert K. Kyle photograph collection

Processing Information

Photographs processed 2011/08 by Treva L. Nally. Collection processing completed 2016/03/15 by Patrick Ridout. EAD finding aid created 2016/03/15 by Patrick Ridout. EAD finding aid revised 2021/03/29 by Brittany Kropf; 2021/10/28 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.