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William C. Birthright collection

Identifier: L328

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of the papers of both William C. and William L. Birthright ranging from 1908 to 1977. The papers include both personal and business correspondence, photographs, and printed materials.


  • 1908-1977


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

William Clark Birthright was a barber and member, president, and secretary-treasurer of Journeymen Barbers International Union in Nashville, Tennessee in 1904. Birthright also served as president of the Nashville Trade and Labor Council and secretary-treasurer of the Tennessee Federation of Labor during his career. William married Birdie L. Huss, and lived together in Indianapolis for over 39 years. The couple had a son, William Lee Birthright.

William Lee Birthright served as a photographic officer in the U.S. Air Force from 1941 to 1957 before beginning a career as a commercial photographer with his own studio called, “Lens-Craft Studio.”


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Tim Crouse on 1998/04.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 1998/04 by Jill Costill. EAD finding aid created 2018/05/02.
William C. Birthright collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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