Donald C. Bruce collection
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In 1948, Donald Bruce became a news commentator for WIRE radio station in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was later promoted to program director and eventually rose to the position of business manager at WIRE.
In 1960, Bruce was elected to the United States Congress as a Republican representing the 11th district of Indianapolis. After two terms in Congress, Donald Bruce served as chairman of the Speakers Bureau for the Republican National Committee during the 1964 presidential campaign. After the elections, Bruce was appointed national chairman of the American Conservative Union. He resigned in 1965 to accept the chairmanship of Newscope, Inc.
While in Congress, Bruce served four years on the House Education and Labor Committee, and was a member of the House Committee on Un-American Activities. This committee was devoted to gaining first-hand information on the strategy and tactics of Communist and other militant groups. This information was later used in the production of Newscope's first major film, "While Brave Men Die..."
Donald Bruce was a member of many Indianapolis organizations including: Downtown Optimist Club, Downtown Lions Club, Indianapolis Press Club, Honorary Member of National Exchange Club, Board of Director for the Salvation Army, Board of Management for the Central Branch of the YMCA, and Indiana Multiple Sclerosis Society Board. He and his family were also members of the Trinity Lutheran Church.
Bruce was the recipient of the following awards: American Legion, Department of Indiana -- American Citation; Indianapolis Junior Chamber of Commerce -- Outstanding Young Man of the Year, Distinguished Service Award; DAR -- Americanism Citation; VFW, Department of Indiana -- Public Service Award; Broad Ripple American Legion Post -- Public Service Citation; American Legion Auxiliary -- Americanism Citation; Lions Club -- Man of the Year; Hi-Twelve Club -- Man on the Month; Sertoma Club -- Public Citizenship Citation; and the National Exchange Club's Book of Golden Deeds.
Bruce died on August 31, 1969 at the age of 48 in Round Hill, Virginia. He was buried in Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery in Bluemont, Virginia.
Items in the collection.
United States Congress. "Bruce, Donald C." Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-Present. Accessed July 10, 2015. http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=B000969.
18.7 Cubic Feet (31 manuscript boxes; 1 half-size manuscript box; 7 cubic foot boxes; 6 medium oversize boxes; 1 large oversize box)
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Series 1: Correspondence, 1961-1964
Subseries 1.1: Subject files, 1961-1970 Subseries 1.2: Constituents correspondence, 1961-1964 Subseries 1.3: Legislative correspondence, bills and resolutions, undated Subseries 1.4: Congressional papers, 1961-1964
Series 2: Public relations documents, 1950-1964
Subseries 2.1: Press releases, 1961-1964 Subseries 2.2: Campaign materials, 1962-1969 Subseries 2.3: Speeches and biographies, 1950-1964 Subseries 2.4: Subject files, 1960-1964, undated
Series 3: International documents, 1961-1964, undated
Series 4: Newspaper clippings and scrapbooks, 1958-1964
Series 5: Reel-to-reel audio tapes, circa 1950-1969
Series 6: Film, circa 1950-1969
- African American civil rights workers
- Assassination -- United States -- History -- 20th century
- Campaign literature
- Civil rights -- Indiana
- Cold War
- Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962
- Developmental disabilities
- Hoover, J. Edgar (John Edgar), 1895-1972
- Indiana -- Politics and government
- Indiana -- Politics and government -- 20th century
- Indianapolis (Ind.)
- Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines)
- Katanga (Congo)
- Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963
- Marquez Sterling, Carlos
- Moving images
- Newspaper articles
- Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (1963)
- Oswald, Lee Harvey
- Political campaigns -- 20th century
- Politicians -- Indiana
- Politicians -- United States -- 20th century
- Politics and government
- Press releases
- Reel-to-reel audiotapes
- Soviet Union
- Speeches, addresses, etc.
- Spreti, Karl, Graf von
- Tshombe, Moise
- United States. Congress. House
- United States. Congress. House. Committee on Education and Labor.
- United States. Congress. House. Committee on Un-American Activities.
- United States. Federal Communications Commission.
- United States. Federal Trade Commission.
- Wilkins, Roy
- Donald C. Bruce collection
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