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Charles B. Marshall papers

Identifier: L622

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence, financial documents, clients' legal files, publications and other volumes and documents from Charles B. Marshall. This material primarily pertains to his legal practice and clients, such as Capitol Electric Company, his personal life and education, his service in the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserves in posts including the Radio School, Naval Training School, and U.S.S. Relief, and material from his position in the Indiana Department of Public Welfare. The bulk of the content of the collection was created in Indiana, but also includes material created in California, Illinois, Michigan, France, and New Zealand as a result of Marshall's naval service. Dates of creation range from 1911-1954 with most of the material having been created between 1930-1945.


  • 1911-1954


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

Charles B. Marshall (1895-1955) was born in Urbana, Illinois and lived in Indianapolis, Indiana most of his life. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1917 and was on active and reserve duty for 34 years until his retirement from service in 1946 with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He was a veteran of both World War I and World War II.

Marshall was a graduate of Manual High School, Butler University, and Indiana University Law School. While attending law school, he was credit manager for several wholesale electrical firms. Most notably he was employed by Cohen Brothers Department Store and Capitol Electric Company. He also operated his own legal practice, handling various cases including State Bank of Indiana vs. State Bank of Otterbein.

In 1934, he was appointed a member of the governor's commission prior to the establishment of the state Weflare Department, under Governor Paul V. McNutt. He was then appointed Director of the General Administration Division of the Public Welfare Department. He served on this Department for 20 years.

He was a member of the masonic and Scottish Rite Lodges, Lambda Chi Alpha social fraternity, Indianapolis Bar Association, Officers Mess at the U.S. Naval Armory and Holliday Post of the American Legion. He was also active in the Christian church and taught Sunday School.


24 Cubic Feet (29 manuscript boxes, 24 oversize boxes)

Language of Materials



Arranged in the following series and subseries:

Series 1: Correspondence, invoices, and other documents, 1911-1954

Subseries 1.1: Personal documents, 1911-1945 Subseries 1.2: Business documents, 1927-1954

Series 2: Client documents, 1920-1938

Series 3: Capitol Electric Company, 1927-1934

Subseries 3.1: Business and bankruptcy documents, circa 1927-1934 Subseries 3.2: Customer accounts, circa 1927-1934

Series 4: United States Navy documents, 1917-1954

Series 5: Indiana Department of Public Welfare, 1933-1954

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. Charles Marshall on 1971/09/14.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/05/10 by Lauren Patton. EAD finding aid created 2016/05/10 by Lauren Patton.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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