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Wendell's Radio and Electric Services Company collection

Identifier: L587

Scope and Contents

This collection includes purchase orders, expenditures, customer receipts, check stubs, canceled checks, invoices, and memorabilia from Harold Wendel in Crown Point, Indiana ranging from 1920 to 1974 regarding Wendel's Radio and Electric Service.


  • 1920-1988


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.

Administrative History

Wendel's Radio and Electric Service began as a "service" in the late 1920s under the auspices of the Hub Music and Supply Company on North Main Street in Crown Point, Indiana. Harold Wendel was a radio and electronic expert. He was one of two boys born in Illinois to Henry and Louise D. Wendel.

After Wendel's high school education, electronics led him to build the first local radio station in Crown Point during 1926. A broadcasting station license was given to him for the purpose of "carrying on of general broadcasting for public information, instruction, amusement or entertainment." The station was located at 317 E. North Street and known as WLBT.

In 1929, Wendel became affiliated with Hub Music, repairing radios and various electronics. During 1933, financial activities were recorded for Wendel's Radio and Electric Service. It was located in the Kilbourn building at 115 North Main Street in Crown Point, Indiana. In January 1952, the service store was located in a new building at 600 North Main Street. By the late 1950s, Wendel's accepted only selective service commitments. Due to health reasons, Wendel semiretired in 1952. He continued to renew his electrical license into 1982 and did minor repairs using his home address of 203 East North Street until his death on October 20, 1983. Wendel is buried in the Lowell Memorial Park Cemetery in Lowell, Indiana.


4 Cubic Feet (12 manuscript boxes)

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This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Historical documents and artifacts, circa 1920-1974, 1988

Series 2: Purchase orders and expenditures, 1933-1973

Series 3: Customer receipts, 1949-1967

Series 4: Check stubs, 1939-1959

Series 5: Canceled checks, 1939-1974

Series 6: Invoices, circa 1920-1960s

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2013/11/25 by Bethany Fiechter. EAD finding aid created 2013/11/25 by Bethany Fiechter. EAD finding aid revised 2021/04/27 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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