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James P. Fadely collection

Identifier: L578

Scope and Contents

This collection contains papers and materials related to James P. Fadely career as a history teacher and college counselor in central Indiana.

The first series relates to his time teaching history at secondary school at St. Richard's Episcopal School in Indiana and private schools in Georgia. The collection includes all of his lesson plans, class handouts, tests, essay prompts, and his personal notes as well as the history textbook, Rise of the American Nations, used by Dr. Fadely at the Savannah Country Day School. This series also contains materials related to the annual eighth grade trip to Washington D.C., the eighth grade research paper, student evaluations for U.S. History class, and Foundation meeting minutes, correspondence, reports, and programs for events occurring at the school.

Most of the papers relate to the planning and founding of University High School, a private, non-sectarian college preparatory school in Carmel, Indiana. The school opened in the fall of 2000 with Fadely serving initially as the director of marketing and public relations before transitioning to serve as the director of college counseling. Faculty meeting minutes, administrative committee minutes, and various studies and accreditation materials provide an insight into how a private school functions. The collection also contains a nearly complete run of The Thursday Times, the weekly faculty newsletter, several years of the Parent Association newsletter, and a few editions of the infrequently published student newspaper. Fadely also wrote a draft of a 10-year history of the school, which quotations from several founding board members and staff.

His personal papers include correspondence with University alumni and information regarding his membership with the Indiana Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC) and the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) as well as the various committees he served on. Also included are files from the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) visiting teams, which provide snapshots of the schools being evaluated: LeMans Academy (1990), The Orchard School (1992), The Avery Coonley School (2000), and a feasibility study team for Providence Cristo Rey High School (2006).

The collection also contains a thirty second televisions commercial (VHS) for University High School produced by Ben Rose.


  • 1990-2014


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

James P. Fadely (b. 1953) was born in Henry County, Indiana, and grew up in Middletown. He graduated from Shenandoah High School in 1971 and from Hanover College in 1975 with a degree in history. He taught history at Brookstone School in Columbus, Georgia from 1975 to 1976. From 1976 to 1979 he studied United States and Latin-American history at Indiana University, where he earned a master's degree in 1977 and a doctoral degree in 1991. From 1979 to 1983 he taught history at Savannah (Georgia) Country Day School. In 1984 he began lecturing in history at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis until 2000. He taught history at St. Richard's Episcopal School in Indianapolis from 1988 to 2000, where he was also Director of Admission and Financial Aid. He currently serves as director of college counseling at University High School of Indiana (UHS) in Carmel, where he has also taught American history.

He unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 1990 as the Democratic candidate against incumbent Dan Burton in the 6th Indiana District.

He is a member of the Indiana Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC) and the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). He is the author of Thomas Taggart: Public Servant, Political Boss, 1856-1929 (1997) as well as several articles for the Indiana Magazine of History and Trace of Indiana and Midwestern History. He is married to Sally Fehsenfeld Fadely and has two children.

Source: "James Fadely Profile." University High School of Indiana. Accessed July 9, 2013.


5.2 Cubic Feet (15 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged in the following series and subseries:

Series 1: St. Richard's Episcopal School documents, 1996-2014

Series 2: University High School, 1997-2010

Series 3: Newsletters, 2000-2011; undated

Subseries 3.1: Thursday Times newsletters, 2000-2011 Subseries 3.2: Parent Association newsletters, 2005-2010 Subseries 3.4: Student newspapers, 2000-2005; undated

Series 4: Personal papers, 1990-2011

Series 5: Subject files, 2002-2005

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from James P. Fadely during June 2013 and on 2014/12/18.


Further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found at the Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis, IN.

Processing Information

Collection processing and initial finding aid completed during July 2013 by Alessandro Meregaglia. EAD finding aid created 2014/12/29 by Bethany Fiechter. EAD finding aid revised 2024/06/16 by Brittany Kropf.
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140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.