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George S. Rainey collection

Identifier: L381

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.


  • 1918-1982


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 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.


0.8 Cubic Feet (2 manuscript boxes; 1 cassette box)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from George S. Rainey on 1980/02/07.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2006/04 by Christina Baich. Finding aid created 2015/10/30 by Bethany Fiechter. EAD finding aid created 2018/05/07 by Lauren Patton.
George S. Rainey 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.