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Gordan Englehart scrapbooks

Identifier: V318

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of 41 scrapbooks containing clippings of Gordon Englehart's columns for the Louisville, Kentucky newspaper, The Courier-Journal. Ranging from 1960 to 1984, the bulk of Englehart's writing covers political topics. The collection also includes loose clippings from other newspaper publications, programs from political events, and other documents related to his journalism work. There is also a clipping of "A White Sheet and an Iron Rule," a book review written by Edward Ziegner and printed in April 18, 1987 Indianapolis News that was tucked in the scrapbook with Englehart's September 17, 1978 article about D.C. Stephenson and the Klan.


  • 1960-1987

Conditions Governing Access

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

Gordon Kerfoot Englehart was born March 28, 1922 in Brazil, Indiana to Otto and Lucia (Kerfoot) Englehart. He earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from Indiana University in 1942. A World War II veteran, he served as a rifle platoon leader in Germany and was awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. He married Martha Ann Rupel on December 9, 1944 and they had three children. He was a reporter for the The Lima News (Ohio) and the Dayton Daily News before joining The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky) in 1950. He served as a copy editor, reporter, night city editor, assistant city editor, and for a year at the paper's Washington bureau before taking over as Indianapolis bureau chief in 1960. He covered elections, the Indiana General Assembly, the Governor's office, and other news of particular interest to Southern Indiana Readers. He earned numerous awards and professional recognition during his career at the Courier-Journal. He retired in 1984 and he was inducted into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame in 1987. He passed away at the age of 93 on December 3, 2015.

Sources: "Gordon Kerfoot Englehart." Indiana, U.S. Birth Certificates, 1907-1940. Accessed February 8, 2021. "Longtime CJ Reporter Gordon Englehart dies at 93." Accessed February 8, 2021.

"Gordon Kerfoot Englehart." Indianapolis Star (Ind.), December 7, 2015.

Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame. "Gordon Englehart - 1987." Accessed February 8, 2021.

"Martha Rupel, Cpl. Englehart Wed at Club." Indianapolis News (Ind.), December 9, 1944.


7.2 Cubic Feet (41 volumes)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Gordon Englehart in 1988.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/02/09 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2021/02/09 by Laura Eliason.
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Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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