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Kiel family papers

Identifier: L412

Scope and Contents

This collection includes letters; utility and business receipts; and tax filings from Pauline Shull, Amanda, the Kiel family and others in Indianapolis, Indiana; businesses and churches in Indianapolis; ranging from 1918 to 1943 regarding the World War II, fundraising, rationing, work, friend and family in the military, church activities, leisure activities, financial matters, and Wendell Willkie's visit to Indiana.


  • 1918-1943

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

Edward F. Kiel was born to Henry C. and Louise Tellermeyer Kiel on March 31, 1873 in Indiana. He had an older brother, Henry and a younger sister, Ida. Kiel married Wilhelmina C. Lepper on October 23, 1895 They had two children, Esther H. and Edward Henry and lived in Indianapolis, Indiana, where Kiel owned a feed store and a number of rental properties. He died August 17, 1934 in Indianapolis.

Wilhelmina C. (Lepper) Kiel was born November 21, 1871 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Henry and Louisa (Hontermark) Lepper. She died April 21, 1946 in Indianapolis.

Edward Henry Kiel was born July 11, 1911 to Edward F. and Wilhelmina C. (Lepper) Kiel. He worked as a carpenter and at Indianapolis Wire Bound Box Co. During World War I, Kiel enlisted in the army on April 4, 1942 and served in the United States Army, 59th Arm. F. Art., Battery C. He and Pauline Shull corresponded extensively during the war. Kiel was killed March 25, 1945 and was buried in Concordia Lutheran Cemetery in Indianapolis.

Pauline Shull was born in 1917 in Indiana to John and Selma (Schlueter) Shull. She had three brother, all younger than herself: John Charles, Donald (who served in the navy in World War II) and Casimir. Shull corresponded extensively with Edward Henry Kiel during World War II and worked in Indianapolis. She was the business manager for a tableaux, presented by the Indianapolis City Walther League and called "The Christian Sings" in 1943. She died on March 31, 1991.


Items within the collection. Accessed October 24, 2016.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. Grover Browning on 1980/10/30.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and EAD finding aid created 2016/10/24 by Edythe Huffman.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.