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1988 Indiana gubernatorial campaign collection

Identifier: L428

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence, press releases, newspaper clippings, reports, and other documents collected and received by Frank O'Bannon and his staff during his campaign for governor and later as Evan Bayh's running mate in the 1988 Indiana gubernatorial election. The bulk of the collection consists of clippings from newspapers from around the state of Indiana and Louisville, Kentucky, with many supplied by Indiana Newsclip of Indianapolis. Clippings were collected regarding O'Bannon and Bayh, fellow Democrat Stephen Daily, and Republican candidate John Mutz and his running mate, Stephen Goldsmith. Clippings concerning Indiana's General Assembly, Indiana political issues, and the 1988 presidential race were gathered as well. The collection also contains documents regarding O'Bannon's biographical and legislative history; copies of some of his speeches and campaign press releases; names and addresses of various media outlets in Indiana; a January 6, 1988 letter O'Bannon received from Sen. Vance Hartke that included a photograph of Hartke, O'Bannon and Jack Rumback taken at the 1961 I.D.E.A. convention at French Lick, Indiana; a letter from Fort Wayne Mayor Winfield Moses that included a reprinted copy of the Fortune magazine article "A Rust Belt City Takes On a Shine"; a copy of an October 16, 1987 letter sent to George Foundos by Illinois Lieutenant Governor George H. Ryan regarding the revitalization of the Port of Chicago; and an undated photograph of Evan Bayh's 1988 gubernatorial campaign manager, Joe Hogsett.


  • 1947-1989

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

Evan Bayh served as the 46th governor of Indiana. Born on December 26, 1955 in Shirkieville, Indiana, he is the son of Senator Birch Bayh. A 1978 honors graduate of Indiana University, he earned his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1981. He was elected Indiana's secretary of state in 1986 and Indiana's governor in 1988. He served a second term and then won election to the United States Senate in 1998. After serving two terms in the Senate, he chose not run for reelection in 2010. He again ran for the Senate in 2016, but was defeated by Todd Young. He is married to Susan Breshears Bayh and they have twin sons.


United States Congress. "Bayh, Evan." Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed December 4, 2017.

Indiana Historical Bureau. "Evan Bayh." Indiana Historical Bureau. Accessed December 4, 2017.

Frank Lewis O'Bannon was the 47th Governor of Indiana. He was born January 30, 1930 to Robert P. and Rosella O'Bannon. He graduated from Corydon High School in 1948 and earned a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University (I.U.) in 1952. He served in the United States Airforce for two years and then earned a law degree from I.U. in 1957. He married Judy Asmus on August 18, 1957 and they had three children. In 1970, he became an Indiana state senator and was elected to several leadership positions by his Democratic colleagues over the eighteen years he served in the General Assembly. He entered Indiana's 1988 gubernatorial race for governor in May, 1987, but in Janaury, 1988, he agreed to become Evan Bayh running mate and served as Bayh's lieutenant governor for eight years (1989-1996). He was elected governor in 1996, won re-election in 2000, and continued to serve the people of Indiana until he died of a stoke at the age of 73 on September 13, 2003. He was succeeded by his lieutenant governor Joseph E. Kernan.


Information within collection. "Frank Lewis Obannon." U.S. Social Security Applications and claims Index, 1936-2007. Accessed December 4, 2017. "Judith Asmus." Web: Marion County, Indiana Marriage Index, 1925-2012. Accessed December 4, 2017.

Indiana Historical Bureau. "Frank O'Bannon." Indiana Historical Bureau. Accessed December 4, 2017.


4.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box, 4 cubic foot boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged in the following series and subseries::

Series 1: Indiana gubernatorial candidates documents, 1947-1989

Subseries 1.1: Frank L. O'Bannon, 1947-1988 Subseries 1.2: B. Evan Bayh, 1987-1988 Subseries 1.3: John M. Mutz, 1987-1988 Subseries 1.4: Stephen J. Daily, 1987-1988 Subseries 1.5: Bayh-O'Bannon team, 1988-1989 Subseries 1.6: Indiana gubernatorial campaigns, 1987-1988

Series 2: Indiana lieutenant governor candidates documents, 1987-1988

Subseries 2.1: Frank L. O'Bannon, 1988 Subseries 2.2: Stephen Goldsmith, 1988 Subseries 2.3: Indiana lieutenant governor campaign, 1987-1988

Series 3: Indiana politics documents, 1987-1988

Series 4: National politics documents, 1988

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a records transfer from Governor Frank O'Bannon's office on 1998/03.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2017/12/13 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2017/12/13 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid updated 2023/02/01 by Lauren Patton.
1988 Indiana gubernatorial campaign collection
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Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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