Hugh Arthur Barnhart collection
Scope and Contents
The first series includes papers regarding Barnhart's family life, business ventures, and state government positions. Major topics include family correspondence; World War I correspondence; News-Sentinel newspaper; State Highway Commission; George B. Durgan campaign; the Cole Bros.-Clyde Beatty Circus; 1936 Indiana 2nd District Congressional campaign; Alcoholic Beverages Commission; the Hugh Barnhart-Lester Ginther insurance claims; the Commission on Interstate Cooperation; the Indiana Department of Conservation; the Little Hoover Commission; the Indiana State Chamber of Commerce; the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference; the Public Service Company; the Rochester Telephone Company, and the U.S Independent Telephone Association (USITA).
Series 2 contains Barnhart's personal financial records as well as insurance records and estate analyses.
Series 3 contains newspapers dated from 1863-1949. The majority are Indiana based newspapers with articles concerning Barnhart's involvement with the State Highway Commission, his 1936 Congressional campaign, his involvement with the Cole Bros. Circus, and clippings from his work with the Democratic Editorial Association.
Series 4 contains telephone company records from Rochester Telephone Company, and the U.S Independent Telephone Association (USITA ranging from 1937 to 1964.
Series 5 includes a variety of materials regarding subjects such as Barnhart's Democratic Editorial Association work, the Boeing Airplane Company plane statistics and photographs, lithography company samples, and published material.
- Barnhart, Hugh Arthur, 1892-1986 (Person)
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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.
Over the course of his career, Barnhart kept business and personal correspondence with notable individuals such as Alben W. Barkley, 35th vice president of the U.S.; Glenn Griswold, U.S. representative from Indiana; Charles A. Halleck, U.S. representative from Indiana; Louis Ludlow, U.S representative from Indiana; Sherman Minton, U.S. senator from Indiana and associate justice of the Supreme Court of the U.S.; Henry F. Schricker, governor of Indiana from 1941 to 1945 and 1949 to 1953; M. Clifford Townsend, governor of Indiana from 1937 to 1941; Herman B. Wells, eleventh president of Indiana University, Bloomington.
Hugh A. Barnhart died on February 16, 1986 in Rochester, Indiana. He was buried in Rochester IOOF Cemetery.
Ancestry.com. "Hugh A. Barnhart." U.S., Select Military Registers, 1862-1985." Accessed November 3, 2017. https://www.ancestrylibrary.com.
Gross, April. "Hugh Arthur Barnhart." Find A Grave Memorial. Last modified November 9, 2009. Accessed November 3, 2017. https://www.findagrave.com.
9.1 Cubic Feet (26 manuscript boxes, 1 medium oversize folder)
Language of Materials
Series 1: Correspondence and general papers, 1898-1964
Series 2: Financial and insurance records, 1919-1953
Series 3: Newspapers, 1863-1959
Series 4: Telephone company records, 1937-1964
Series 5: Subject files, 1940-1955
- Alcohol -- Indiana -- Law and legislation
- Barnhart, Henry A.
- Businessmen -- Indiana
- Flood control -- Indiana
- Griswold, Glenn
- Halleck, Charles A. (Charles Abraham), 1900-1986
- Indiana -- Politics and government
- Indiana -- Politics and government -- 20th century
- Ludlow, Louis L., 1873-1950
- Minton, Sherman, 1890-1965
- Newspaper publishing -- United States
- Political campaigns -- 20th century
- Politics and government
- Public utilities
- Pulliam, Eugene C. (Eugene Collins), 1889-1975
- Roads -- Indiana
- Rochester (Ind.)
- Schricker, Henry F. (Henry Fredrick)
- Telephone -- History -- Indiana
- Townsend, M. Clifford (Maurice Clifford), 1884-1954
- Water resources development
- World War, 1914-1918
- World War, 1914-1918 -- Military life
- Hugh Arthur Barnhart collection
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