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Nellie M. Coats collection

Identifier: L447

Scope and Contents

This collection includes radio interview transcripts, subject index cards, and correspondence from Nellie M. Coats ranging from 1859 to 1973 regarding interviews and correspondence. Notable interviews include Richard G. Lugar (Indiana Senator), Landrum Bolling (Earlham College president), James E. Haralson (Indiana School for the Blind principal), Monsignor Francis J. Reine (Marian College president), and Hal L. Royce (Secretary-Manager of Indiana State Fair). Notable items include a Chinese Christmas card and a German Christmas card.


  • 1859, 1877, 1942-1977


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

Nellie M. Coats was born around the late 1890s in Battle Ground, Indiana. She graduated from Purdue University, where she worked at the library, and received her master's degree from the University of Illinois. Coats was a librarian at the John Shepard Wright Memorial Library of the Indiana Academy of Science and she produced a weekly half-hour radio show interviewing leading local personalities on WFMS and WAIV. She was the chief of the Catalogue Division of the Indiana State Library for 35 years, until she retired in 1958. Coats also gave sightseeing tours of Indianapolis as a hobby. She received the Certificate of Achievement from former Mayor Richard G. Lugar and was named Woman of the Year in 1962 by the Hoosier Chapter of American Women in Radio and Television. Coats passed away in 1977 at age 88.


1.6 Cubic Feet (4 manuscript boxes; 1 index card box)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by subject and alphabetically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Nellie M. Coats in 1961, 1967, and 1970.


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

L570: Indiana State Library collection, 1841-2014

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/11/09 by Kori Nell. EAD finding aid created 2016/11/09 by Kori Nell.
Nellie M. Coats 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.