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Wayne Guthrie collection

Identifier: L589

Scope and Contents

This collection includes notes, correspondence, photographs and newspaper clippings from Wayne Guthrie in Indianapolis, Indiana ranging from 1804 to 1973 regarding Indiana history and notable Indiana persons.


  • 1804-1973


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

Robert Wayne Guthrie (1896-1977) was an Indiana newspaperman. Born in Nashville, he graduated from Columbus High School in 1915. After his studies were interrupted due to World War I, he returned to Indiana University to study law. In 1921 Guthrie joined the staff of the Indianapolis News. He served as the city editor for 14 years, but he is best known for his column, "Ringside in Hoosierland," which he wrote from 1947 until shortly before his death. "Ringside in Hoosierland" was mainly concerned with Indiana history and legends, such as how certain towns and cities got their names, and ancedotes about early Hoosier life. Guthrie was an active Mason and a member of Kiwanis International. He was twice named a Sagamore of the Wabash and was inducted into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame in 1973.


4 Cubic Feet (4 manuscript boxes, 2 cubic foot boxes )

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Wayne Guthrie on 1968/04/24, 1968/9/10, 1968/11/12, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974/03.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/01/22 by Laura Williams. EAD finding aid created 2014/01/29 by Laura Williams.



Wayne Guthrie 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.