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Edgar C. Leisure collection

Identifier: L561

Scope and Contents

This collection largely contains letters from Captain Edgar C. Leisure to his wife, Elsie. It also has letters from Calvin Kummer to his sister, Elsie. A few letters from and to other individuals are also included. This collection also has newspaper clippings, telegrams, cards, and other various papers that were mailed between Edgar and Elsie.


  • 1942-1945


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

Edgar C. Leisure was raised in Largo, Indiana. He attended Purdue University for electrical engineering. While at Purdue Leisure was introduced to Elsie Kummer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Kummer, by her brother Calvin. The couple married on May 2, 1936. They lived in the Irvington area of Indianapolis, Indiana. During World War II, Leisure was a soldier fighting in the European theater, and for part of his time he was stationed in London, England. During this time he sent his letters to Elsie's workplace where she worked as an underwriter for American Surety. The Leisures raised two children, Edgar T. and Carol J.


1 Cubic Feet (3 manuscript boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Detrie J. Franks in 2009/06.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2010/07 by Jessica Combs. EAD finding aid created 2010/07 by Jessica Combs.
Edgar C. Leisure 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.