Scope and Contents
The majority of the collection consists of typescripts of George S. Rainey’s various writings and cassette tapes. In addition to his longer works, "Open Day" and "They Stood Up," a number of shorter works and essay are included. Much of what Rainey wrote is based on his own experiences and beliefs. “A Garrulous Hillbilly” appears to be autobiographical. The cassettes hold recordings of Rainey reciting chapters from his own work as well as speeches and stories by Elbert Hubbard and R. G. Ingersoll. There are also some tapes containing political debates. The collection also includes a limited amount of clippings, correspondence, and other papers, including his certificate of admittance to the Indiana bar.
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.
George Sanders Rainey was born on November 21, 1893, in Crawford County, Indiana. His parents were Charles S. and Almira (Goad) Rainey. He only attended school through the eighth grade and later studied telegraphy. On April 13, 1915, he married Hallie E. Spaulding with whom he had one son, Charles. He ran for prosecuting attorney in 1918. On March 16, 1921, he was admitted to the Indiana bar. Rainey and his family lived in Speedway, Indiana. Rainey worked for several railroads throughout his forty-six year career as a railroad worker. He retired as a train dispatcher for New York Central in 1958. He also practiced law in Lafayette, Indiana, for a time. Rainey volunteered at the Indiana State Library reading books aloud to be recorded for the blind. He published his first full-length book, Demise of the Iron Horse, in 1969. He had earlier published an essay titled, "Bibles in Public School; or, A Plea for Religious Liberty" (1924). He died on February 2, 1989.
“In Memoriam.” Res Gestae 32 (1989): 449.
Thompson, Donald E., comp. Indiana Authors and Their Books, 1917-1966. Crawfordsville, IN: Wabash College, 1974.