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Edgar D. Whitcomb collection

Identifier: L442

Scope and Contents

This collection includes reel-to-reel audio tapes from a television panel discussion show, entitled "Report from the State House," produced at WTTV, Channel 4 and hosted by Mike Ungersma. The panelists include Edgar D. Whitcomb, Nelson Rockefeller and other politicians and educators in Indianapolis, Indiana ranging from 1971 to 1972 regarding Indiana politics and education.


  • 1971-1972


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

Edgar Doud Whitcomb was born November 6, 1917 in Hayden, Indiana, the son of John W. and Louise Doud Whitcomb. He had three siblings: Laura, Sarah and Charles. Whitcomb attended Indiana University in 1939, which he left in 1940 to join the Army Air Corps. Whitcomb served in the Philippines as a second lieutenant and was captured by the Japanese. He was able to escape, which he detailed in his book, Escape from Corregidor (1958).

Whitcomb entered Indiana University law school after World War II and earned his degree in 1954. He served in the Indiana Senate from 1951 to 1954 and also entered private practice. Edgar served as assistant United States attorney from 1954 to 1956. In 1966 he was elected Indiana secretary of state, elected governor of Indiana in 1968 and was able to get a number of reforms passed during his term, which ended in 1973. Whitcomb ran unsuccessfully for the United States Senate in 1976, then retired to private life, which included sailing solo across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

He was married to Patricia Louise Dolfuss, with whom he had five children. The couple divorced in 1987. He then married Mary Evelyn Smith Gayer in 2013. Whitcomb died on February 4, 2016 in Rome, Indiana and was buried in Hayden Cemetery.

Sources: "Edgar D. Whitcomb." 1930 United States Federal Census. Accessed August 21, 2017. "Patricia C. Whitcomb." Indiana, Marriage Certificates, 1917-2005. Accessed August 21, 2017. "Edgar Doud Whitcomb." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed August 21, 2017.

National Governors Association. "Whitcomb, Governor Edgar Doud." Accessed August 21, 2017.


0.6 Cubic Feet (2 manuscript boxes)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 1999 by Philip N. Williams. EAD finding aid created 2017/08/21 by Edythe Huffman.
Edgar D. Whitcomb collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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