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Marie Ervin "The Ku Klux Klan in Indiana" speech

 Collection — Folder: S3261
Identifier: S3261

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a typed copy of the speech "The Ku Klux Klan in Indiana" that Marie Ervin gave in 1974.


  • 1974


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

Marie M. Barenbrugge Ervin was born on August 15, 1921 in Dunkirk, Indiana to Clem and Rene (Lannoy) Barenbrugge. She had a brother, Clem F. and three sisters, Cecilia A., Generose J. and Loretta M. Marie worked as head of payroll at Armstrong Cork in Dunkirk for twelve years. She married William Edmundson Ervin in Dunkirk on June 24, 1953, after which she moved to Harford City, Indiana. They had three daughters, Annette, Elaine and Diane. William was a prosecuting attorney in Blackford County, city attorney for Hartford City (1987-1990) and a trustee of the Indiana Historical Society. He died June 21, 1999. Marie was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, member and former president of St. John’s Home & School Association and past president of the Blackford County Hospital Auxiliary. She was also a member of the Friends of the library. Every year she donated dictionaries to all the third graders in Blackford County Schools.

She gave the speech "The Ku Klux Klan in Indiana" in 1974 to a women's club in Hartford City, Indiana. Mrs. Ervin was a member of the Blackford County Historical Society. She died July 5, 2012 at the family cottage in Cheboygan County, Michigan. She is buried in the Hartford City Cemetery in Hartford City, Indiana.


“Barenbrugge, Marie M.”. 1930 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2015/11/20.

“Ervin, Marie M. Barenbrugge”. Find a Grave Memorial. Retrieved 2015/11/20.

“Ervin, William Edmundson. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007. Retrieved 2015/11/20.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 2004 by Elizabeth M. Wilkinson. EAD finding aid created in 2004 by Elizabeth M. Wilkinson. EAD finding aid revised 2015/11/20 by Edythe Huffman.


Marie Ervin "The Ku Klux Klan in Indiana" speech
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.