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Raymond Millholland collection

Identifier: L460

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, manuscripts, and copies of the published articles and short stories of Raymond “Ray” Millholland ranging from circa 1912 to 1971. The collection includes letters exchanged between Ray, his wife, and their sons Robert “Bob” and James “Jim” while the sons served in the Army Airforce and Navy during World War II (1942-1945); two sets of transcriptions of the letters transcribed by the Millholland’s youngest son, Arthur “Mac”; correspondence, press releases, and other documents related to his work with the War Production Board (1942-1944); correspondence, research documents, and manuscripts regarding his work on a biography of John L. Savage (1942- 1949); short story manuscripts and related correspondence (1920-1956); and copies of his articles and short stories published in various publications (1935-1951). Also included are copies of The Log, a publication of the Sub-Chaser Post (1920-1921); photographs from World War I and World War II and the War Production Board (1918-1945); correspondence from the Imperial War Museum regarding the donation of a copy of his novelThe Splinter Fleet (1936); and a copy of the Summer 1971 edition of the Saturday Evening Post. The oversize folder (OBC171) contains a November 23, 1938 full page advertisement from Variety for the movie Submarine Patrol; a small broadside advertisement for the movie Girl from God’s Country (1940); full page newspaper clippings of World War II and labor management topics (1941-1943); and a copy of the June 6, 1947 edition of Ten High, a weekly newspaper of the Stuttgart military post (OBC171).


  • circa 1912-1971


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

Raymond Albert Millholland was born on April 1, 1894 in Austin, Illinois to William K. and Anna Maria Millholland. He became a resident of Indianapolis, Indiana in 1909 and later studied engineering at Purdue University. He married Sara Catherine Easley on October 1, 1915 and they had four children: Robert Douglas, James Edward, Arthur McLarin, and Mary. He was a journeyman machinist, works manager of a diesel engine plant, and chief petty officer in the United States Navy during World War I. During World War II, he worked with the U.S. War Production Board. Besides working as a machine tool designer and sales engineer for the family machine tool business, he also authored more than 100 articles and short stories, including the "Blue Chip" Haggerty stories in the Saturday Evening Post. In 1936, he published The Splinter Fleet of the Ontranto Barrage, a book about his experiences aboard a submarine chaser during World War I and it was made into the 1938 movie Submarine Patrol. He also wrote Pay Day: Labor and Management in the American System of Free Enterprise (1946) and Lucky Shoes, a book written for teenagers (1956). Mr. Millholland passed away at the age of 62 on May 2, 1956.


"Raymond Millholland, Author, Engineer Dies." Indianapolis Star (IN), May 3, 1956.

Thompson, Donald E., comp. Indiana Authors and Their books, 1917-1966. Crawfordsville, IN: Wabash College, 1974.


4 Cubic Feet (10 manuscript boxes, 2 medium oversize boxes, 1 oversize folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Military and labor management documents, 1918-1950

Series 2: Personal and literary documents, circa 1912-1971

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from James E. Millholland on 2002/06/26.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 2002 by Beth A. Herzog. Collection reprocessed in 2018/09 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2018/10 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid updated on 2021/11/04 by Lauren Patton.
Raymond Millholland 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.