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Ernie Pyle home photographs

 Collection — Folder: SP086
Identifier: SP086

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photographic reproductions from Mayhill Publications's Indianapolis Monthly in Indianapolis, Indiana in October 1982 regarding images of Hoosier journalist Ernie Pyle and his childhood home in Dana, Indiana.


  • circa 1945; 1982

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This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Literary rights, including copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their legal heirs and assigns. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts. The publisher must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical Note

Ernie Pyle was an American journalist and war correspondent from Dana, Indiana. He was born Ernest Taylor Pyle on Augsut 3, 1900 at his childhood home in Dana. Pyle studied journalism at Indiana University, then had various reporter and editorial jobs and local newspapers before becoming a roving columnist with the Scripps-Howard newspaper chain. He married Geraldine "Jerry" Elizabeth Siebolds in 1925 and the couple moved to New Mexico.

When World War II broke out, he became a war correspondent, covering campaigns in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, and France, which won him the Pulitzer Prize for journalism in 1944. Pyle moved on to the Pacific theater and accompanied U.S. armed forces on Iwo Jima. During the Okinawa campaign, he was killed by Japanese machine-gun fire while visiting the nearby island of Ie Shima, Ryukyu Islands, Japan on April 18, 1945. Pyle was initially buried in Japan, but eventually interred in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii.

His childhood home in Dana was saved from demolition as part of an effort to create the Ernie Pyle WWII Museum. The house was relocated, restored, and dedicated as an Indiana state historic site in 1976. In 1983, Pyle was posthumously award the Purple Heart, not for his brief World War I service, but for his fatal wound he received during World War II, despite his civilian status.


"Ernie Pyle." Encyclopaedia Britannica. Last modified July 30, 2021. Accessed October 21, 2021. "Ernie Pyle." Find A Grave Memorial. Accessed October 21, 2021.

Indiana University Media School. "New Scholars Visit Pyle Home Town." The Media School Report, August 29, 2016. Accessed October 21, 2021.

The Ernie Pyle WWII Museum. "Ernie Pyle's Boyhood Home." Accessed October 21, 2021.


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Custodial History

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


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:

SP117: Ernie Pyle Monument, Japan dedication photographs

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/10/21 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid revised 2021/10/21 by Brittany Kropf.
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140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.