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G. Harvey Petty papers

Identifier: L356

Scope and Contents

This collection includes autographed family records; official documents; an autograph book and photographs from G. Harvey Petty in Indiana and the United States ranging from 1797 to 1939 regarding family history, and calligraphy and commercially printed material from Petty in Indianapolis, Indiana.

There is also an oversize folder containing certificates, awards, various documents, and signs ranging from 1918 to 1979, undated (OBC054).


  • 1797-1979


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

George Harvey Petty was born to Frank M. and Maggie Jane (Edwards) Petty on October 23, 1904 in Hendricks County. He had a brother, James. Petty was graduated from the Washington Township School of Henricks County in 1918 and served an apprenticeship with the Caldwell Printery in Indianapolis, Indiana. He began his career with the Typographic Service Company, also in Indianapolis, in 1927 and he continued there for 17 years. Petty married Mildred I. Blacketor on September 19, 1931 and they had one son, Donald. He moved to Colorado, then returned to Indianapolis, working with the Weimer Typesetting Company, interested in typography and calligraphy. Petty was the director of the Design Department at Rogers Typesetting Company. He won the top honor award at the Chicago Book Clinic in 1959. Petty lived in Franklin, Indiana in 1979.


Items within the collection. "G. Harvey Petty." 1910 United States Federal Census. Accessed April 20, 2015. "G. Harvey Petty." 1940 United States Federal Census. Accessed April 20, 2015.

"Petty, G. Harvey." In Indiana Authors and Their Books, 1967-1980, p. 302. Crawfordsville, IN: Wabash College, 1981.


0.36 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box, 1 oversize folder)

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This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Family documents, 1797-1939, undated

Series 2: Calligraphy, 1904-1978, undated

Series 3: Oversize documents, 1918-1979, undated

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from G. Harvey Petty during August 1979.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

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

OBC054: G. Harvey Petty oversize collection

OH122: G. Harvey Petty oral history

SP089: Petty family photographs

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/04/20 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2015/04/20 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid updated on 2021/10/13 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.