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John Aleksa papers

 Collection — Folder: S3004
Identifier: S3004

Scope and Contents

This collection includes autographed, signed letters, typed documents, a report of the case Willoughby v. State, newspaper articles and obituaries, school year book pictures, and photographs from John Aleksa and Paul Hamilton in Oaklandon, Indiana ranging from 1933 to 1985 regarding a history of Oaklandon, personal recollections of growing up, family and friends and family history.


  • 1933-1985


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

John Robert "Bob" Aleksa was born April 5, 1933 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was the son of John Aleksa ([Janos Aleksza] a violinmaker, born in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, in 1909, emigrating to the United States when he was 11) and Margaret Baker (born in Spencer, Indiana in 1910), a descendant of the Revolutionary War veteran John McCormick and a relative of Cyrus Hall McCormick, inventor of the reaping machine. John was the oldest of three sons, including James Donald and Dennis Lee.

John Aleksa attended Lawrence Central High School, from which he was graduated in 1952. He served in the military, and had a tour of duty in Libya from 1954-1955. Aleksa lived in Battle Creek, Michigan from 1962-1965. He lived in Oaklandon, Indiana from 1981 through 1993.

Information found within the collection.

"Aleksa, John". U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1. Retrieved 2015/08/03.

"Aleksa, Margaret Isabel". Obits for Life. Retrieved 2015/08/03.


0.04 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from John Aleksa on 1983/11/29.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2005/01 by Jennifer Duplaga. EAD finding aid created 2015/08/03 by Edythe Huffman.


John Aleksa papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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