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Hugh A. Barnhart photograph collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SP157

Scope and Contents

This collection includes black-and-white photographs from Hugh A. Barnhart in Indiana, the United States, and Japan, ranging from circa 1880 to 1953, regarding his career with the Indiana Department of Conservation, his political and social life, people he knew, current events, such as a Depression-era bread line, Indiana participants in war criminal trials in Japan post-World War II, and historic sites, including the Nancy Hanks Lincoln State Memorial and Richard Lieber's memorial at Turkey Run State Park. There are also several portrait photographs of Barnhart, family members, and other individuals, as well as a family pet and a few unidentified buildings.


  • circa 1880-1953

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

Hugh Arthur Barnhart was born on July 14, 1892, in Rochester, Indiana to Henry A. (1858–1934) and Loretta Ann (Leffel) Barnhart (1860–1916). He attended Indiana University, Bloomington, where he graduated in 1915 at age 22 with a degree in economics. Barnhart served in the army during World War I as a 2nd lieutenant of field artillery and cavalry from 1917 to 1918. He married Martha Estella Anspaugh on June 23, 1928, in Rochester, Indiana.

After the war, his career consisted of multiple business ventures and state government positions. Barnhart was a director and member of the Barnhart-Van Trump Publishing Company and the News Sentinel newspaper in Rochester, Indiana. Barnhart served as the director of the Indiana State Highway Commission (1932-1933); member of the Indiana Telephone Association (1933-1935); member of the Rochester Telephone Company (1937-1963); the Excise Administrator for the Indiana Alcoholic Beverages Commission (1937-1941); member of the Commission on Interstate Cooperation regarding liquor control; the Indiana Department of Conservation (1941-1948); member of the U.S. Independent Telephone Association (1943-1964) on the Bell System (American Telephone and Telegraph Company) Committee; member of the Little Hoovers Commission (1952-1953) on flood regulation and water resources; member of the Public Service Company of Indiana (1951-1955). He also had financial investments in the Cole Brothers-Clyde Beatty Circus, later Cole Bros. Circus.

In 1936, Barnhart ran for Congress as a representative for Indiana's 2nd District as a Democrat, but lost in the election. His father, Henry A. Barnhart, had been a representative in Congress for Indiana's 13th district and served from 1908 to 1919.

Hugh A. Barnhart died on February 16, 1986 in Rochester, Indiana and was buried in Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

Sources: "Hugh A. Barnhart." U.S., Select Military Registers, 1862-1985." Accessed November 3, 2017.

Gross, April. "Hugh Arthur Barnhart." Find A Grave Memorial. Last modified November 9, 2009. Accessed November 3, 2017.


0.04 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by subject, then chronologically.

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:

L509: Hugh Arthur Barnhart collection

S3153: Hugh A. Barnhart letter

SP081: Indiana Department of Conservation, Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial photograph collection

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/02/24 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid created 2022/02/24 by Brittany Kropf.
Hugh A. Barnhart photograph 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.