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Andrew Jacobs, Jr. collection

Identifier: L475

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence from Andrew Jacobs, Jr. in Indiana, ranging from 1968 to 1970 regarding politics, insurance, and civil services. Notable items include accepted invitations from the WFBM station and the WLWI station in 1970. Also, an invitation to a dedication of the Lynn Corporations first project at 1220 North Park Avenue in 1970. There are also drafts of particular speeches he gave, like to the House Democratic Caucus, at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Dinner, and for the San Francisco Chronicle.


  • 1968-1970


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research, except for social security correspondence, which is restricted until death.

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

Andrew Jacobs, Jr. was born on February 24, 1932 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Andrew Jacobs, Sr. (a lawyer and politician) and Joyce (Welborn) Jacobs. They had three children. He was graduated from Shortridge High School in Indianapolis in 1949. He married Kathryn (Kay) Welsh in Marion County on April 19, 1965. His second marriage, to Martha Elizabeth Ludwig Keys, former Kansas congresswoman, took place on January 3, 1976; they later divorced. His third marriage was to Kimberly Hood, on June 3, 1988, in Marion County, with whom he had two sons; she survived him.

Jacobs served with the United States Marine Corps (1950-1952); then he attended Indiana University, receiving his bachelor's in business in 1955 and his law degree, LLB, in 1958, and he practiced law in Indianapolis. He served one term with the Indiana General Assembly, in the House of Representatives (1959-1960). He was a Democrat and was elected to Indiana's 11th Congressional District from 1965 to 1973 and again from 1975 to 1983 and to Indiana's 10th Congressional District (11th district was eliminated due to reapportionment following the 1980 Census) from 1983 to 1997. Jacobs was a strong advocate for civil rights laws and helped write the 1965 Voting Rights Act and advocated for reforms to the Social Security Administration and the Medicare program. He was an opponent of the Vietnam War, and he had a reputation for being frugal with taxpayer money and for being very available and helpful to his constituents. Following his retirement from congress, he taught political science at Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis. Jacobs wrote two memoirs and often contributed to the Indianapolis magazine, NUVO.

Jacobs died December 28, 2013 in Indianapolis. The visitation and funeral were held in the Indiana Statehouse on January 3, 2014.

Sources: "Andrew Jacobs, Jr." Marion County, Indiana, Marriage Index, 1925-2012. Accessed February 9, 2015. "Andrew Jacobs, [Sr.]." 1940 United States Federal Census. Accessed February 9, 2015. "Andrew Jacobs, [Sr.]" Indiana, Select Marriages, 1780-1992. Accessed February 9, 2015. "Andrew Jacobs, Jr." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed February 9, 2015. "Andrew Jacobs, Sr." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed February 9, 2015.

"Jacobs, Andrew, Jr." In Indiana Authors and Their Books, 1967-1980. Crawfordsville, IN: Wabash College, 1981.

"Jacobs, Andrew, Jr." Political Graveyard. Accessed February 9, 2015.

"Keys, Martha." Political Graveyard. Accessed February 9, 2015.

United States Congress. "Jacobs, Andrew, Jr." Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed February 9, 2015. http:/

Wikipedia. "Andrew Jacobs, Jr." Accessed February 9, 2015.


1.3 Cubic Feet (4 manuscript boxes)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Andrew Jacobs, Jr. during 1972/12-1973/01.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/11/21 by Kori Nell. EAD finding aid created 2016/11/21 by Kori Nell. Collection reprocessing completed 2024/03/19 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid revised 2024/03/19 by Brittany Kropf.
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Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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