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George S. Rainey collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: L381

Scope and Contents

The majority of the collection consists of typescripts of 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.

Box 1. Folder 1. Correspondence and papers, 1918-1982 2. Clippings, 1928-1978, undated 3. “American Ingratitude,” typescript, 1924 Aug. 12 4. Essays and speeches, 1969-1980, undated 5. “A Garrulous Hillbilly,” p. 1-59, typescript, 1972 Mar. 6. “A Garrulous Hillbilly,” p. 60-end, typescript, 1972 Mar. 7. “A Garrulous Hillbilly,” typescript, 1972 Sept. 10 8. Open Day, p. 1-75, typescript, undated 9. Open Day, p. 76-150, typescript, undated 10. Open Day, p. 151-223, typescript, undated 11. They Stood Up, p. 1-75, typescript, undated 12. They Stood Up, p. 76-150, typescript, undated 13. They Stood Up, p. 151-225, typescript, undated 14. They Stood Up, p. 226-326, typescript, undated Box 2. Folder 1. They Stood Up, p. 1-75, typescript, undated 2. They Stood Up, p. 76-150, typescript, undated 3. They Stood Up, p. 151-225, typescript, undated 4. They Stood Up, p. 226-307, typescript, undated Box 3. Cassettes Cassette 1. Tape 1, Ingersoll’s Lecture on the Gods, undated 2. Tape 2, Ingersoll’s Lecture on the Gods, undated 3. Elbert Hubbards Little Journey to the Home of Patrick Henry and Ingersoll’s Comments on Napoleon narrated by George S. Rainey, undated 4. Speech by Robert Ingersoll on the Declaration of Independence, delivered at Indianapolis, 1876 July 4 5. Tape 1, Westward Ho, An Odyssey, undated 6. Tape 2, Westward Ho, An Odyssey, undated 7. An Odyssey by George S. Rainey and Lum and Abner, undated 8. Chapters from mss. They Stood Up being “Truth Lives,” and “The Extraordinary-Ordinary Man,” and “The Law of the Land,” undated 9. Interview with Pittsburgh Steeler Les Arihood, undated 10. Andy Griffin at the Football Game, Hypnotic Power of Her, and Adam and Eve by W. C. Brann, and Charity and Science of Kissing, undated 11. Mayme’s Rollicking Bus Ride, Copperheads and Watersnakes and the Cow, undated 12. Ingersoll’s Lecture on Mistakes of Moses narrated by George S. Rainey and Ingersoll’s Eulogy ad Grave of a Boy in Washington, D.C., undated 13. Christianity—Some Definitions by Elbert Hubbard and Trust Busting by Elbert Hubbard, narrated by George S. Rainey, undated 14. Elbert Hubbard’s Little Journey to the Home James Oliver, undated 15. Tape 1, Interview of Ann Murray with some of her songs, undated 16. Tape 2, Interview of Ann Murray with some of her songs, undated 17. Tape 1, “American Ingratitude” by George S. Rainey, undated 18. Tape 2, “American Ingratitude” by George S. Rainey, undated 19. Tape 3, “American Ingratitude” by George S. Rainey, undated 20. Tape 1, Debate Ronald Reagan vs. Walter Mondale, undated 21. Tape 2, Debate Ronald Reagan vs. Walter Mondale, undated 22. Truth Lives, The Extraordinary Man and the Law of the Land, undated 23. Debate Ronald Reagan vs. Walter Mondale at Kansas City, 1984 Oct. 21 24. R. G. Ingersoll by Elbert Hubbard and Ingersoll at the Tomb of Napoleon and Eulogy at Funeral of Charles Rainey, undated 25. Tape 1, Debate George Bush vs. Geraldine Ferrara, undated 26. Tape 2, Debate George Bush vs. Geraldine Ferrara, undated 27. Tape 1, Open Day by George S. Rainey, undated 28. Tape 2, Open Day by George S. Rainey, undated 29. Tape 3, Open Day by George S. Rainey, undated 30. Tape 4, Open Day by George S. Rainey, undated 31. Tape 5, Open Day by George S. Rainey, undated 32. Tape 6, Open Day by George S. Rainey, undated 33. Ingersoll’s Lecture on the Liberty of Man, Woman and Child, undated 34. “The Jail Bird” and “Believe or Burn” by George S. Rainey

Dates

  • 1918-1982

Creator

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.

Sources:

Thompson, Donald E., comp. Indiana Authors and their Books, 1917-1966. Crawfordsville, IN: Wabash College, 1974. “In Memoriam.” Res Gestae. 32 (1989): 449.

Extent

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

Arrangement

This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

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

Accruals

No further additions are expected.

Item List

Box 1.

Folder

1. Correspondence and papers, 1918-1982

2. Clippings, 1928-1978, undated

3. “American Ingratitude,” typescript, 1924 Aug. 12

4. Essays and speeches, 1969-1980, undated

5. “A Garrulous Hillbilly,” p. 1-59, typescript, 1972 Mar.

6. “A Garrulous Hillbilly,” p. 60-end, typescript, 1972 Mar.

7. “A Garrulous Hillbilly,” typescript, 1972 Sept. 10

8. Open Day, p. 1-75, typescript, undated

9. Open Day, p. 76-150, typescript, undated

10. Open Day, p. 151-223, typescript, undated

11. They Stood Up, p. 1-75, typescript, undated

12. They Stood Up, p. 76-150, typescript, undated

13. They Stood Up, p. 151-225, typescript, undated

14. They Stood Up, p. 226-326, typescript, undated

Box 2.

Folder

1. They Stood Up, p. 1-75, typescript, undated

2. They Stood Up, p. 76-150, typescript, undated

3. They Stood Up, p. 151-225, typescript, undated

4. They Stood Up, p. 226-307, typescript, undated

Box 3. Cassettes

1. Tape 1, Ingersoll’s Lecture on the Gods, undated

2. Tape 2, Ingersoll’s Lecture on the Gods, undated

3. Elbert Hubbards Little Journey to the Home of Patrick Henry and Ingersoll’s Comments on Napoleon narrated by George S. Rainey, undated

4. Speech by Robert Ingersoll on the Declaration of Independence, delivered at Indianapolis, 1876 July 4

5. Tape 1, Westward Ho, An Odyssey, undated

6. Tape 2, Westward Ho, An Odyssey, undated

7. An Odyssey by George S. Rainey and Lum and Abner, undated

8. Chapters from mss. They Stood Up being “Truth Lives,” and “The Extraordinary-Ordinary Man,” and “The Law of the Land,” undated

9. Interview with Pittsburgh Steeler Les Arihood, undated

10. Andy Griffin at the Football Game, Hypnotic Power of Her, and Adam and Eve by W. C. Brann, and Charity and Science of Kissing, undated

11. Mayme’s Rollicking Bus Ride, Copperheads and Watersnakes and the Cow, undated

12. Ingersoll’s Lecture on Mistakes of Moses narrated by George S. Rainey and Ingersoll’s Eulogy ad Grave of a Boy in Washington, D.C., undated

13. Christianity—Some Definitions by Elbert Hubbard and Trust Busting by Elbert Hubbard, narrated by George S. Rainey, undated

14. Elbert Hubbard’s Little Journey to the Home James Oliver, undated

15. Tape 1, Interview of Ann Murray with some of her songs, undated

16. Tape 2, Interview of Ann Murray with some of her songs, undated

17. Tape 1, “American Ingratitude” by George S. Rainey, undated

18. Tape 2, “American Ingratitude” by George S. Rainey, undated

19. Tape 3, “American Ingratitude” by George S. Rainey, undated

20. Tape 1, Debate Ronald Reagan vs. Walter Mondale, undated

21. Tape 2, Debate Ronald Reagan vs. Walter Mondale, undated

22. Truth Lives, The Extraordinary Man and the Law of the Land, undated

23. Debate Ronald Reagan vs. Walter Mondale at Kansas City, 1984 Oct. 21

24. R. G. Ingersoll by Elbert Hubbard and Ingersoll at the Tomb of Napoleon and Eulogy at Funeral of Charles Rainey, undated

25. Tape 1, Debate George Bush vs. Geraldine Ferrara, undated

26. Tape 2, Debate George Bush vs. Geraldine Ferrara, undated

27. Tape 1, Open Day by George S. Rainey, undated

28. Tape 2, Open Day by George S. Rainey, undated

29. Tape 3, Open Day by George S. Rainey, undated

30. Tape 4, Open Day by George S. Rainey, undated

31. Tape 5, Open Day by George S. Rainey, undated

32. Tape 6, Open Day by George S. Rainey, undated

33. Ingersoll’s Lecture on the Liberty of Man, Woman and Child, undated

34. “The Jail Bird” and “Believe or Burn” by George S. Rainey

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.
Title
George S. Rainey collection
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Repository Details

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