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Earl F. Landgrebe papers

Identifier: L625

Scope and Contents

The collection includes Landgrebe's Congressional papers, including correspondence, reports, and legislation regarding the Consumer Protection Act (1974), the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (1973), the Food and Drug Administration, the Tax Reform Act (1969), the Pollution Control Act (1971), farm bills (1969-1974), Watergate, the War in Vietnam, defense spending, abortion, the draft, foreign aid, railroads, public land use, poverty programs, the Pueblo Incident, and other issues before Congress; papers relating to his district, including the construction of the Bailly Nuclear Reactor, pollution of Lake Michigan, the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Park, the development of the lakeshore, the Chicago South Shore, and South Bend Railroad, and grants for local programs and studies; papers relating to Landgrebe's attempts to distribute Bibles in the Soviet Union (1972). The collection also includes Landgrebe's newsletters, press releases, information released by his office, papers related to his election campaigns, his voting records, and the Republican Party as well as requests for publications, invitations, and papers related to his office operations. Constituent correspondence regarding military service, veteran's claims, social security claims, tax problems, federal patronage, civil service openings, and other issues are restricted due to private personal information.

Series 1 consists of materials created and used during Landgrebe's time as a Congressman. Included are general office correspondence and memos, correspondence between Landgrebe and other Congressmen, files used for his election and re-election campaigns, materials regarding official appointments and employment in Landgrebe's office and elsewhere, correspondence to and from constituents, press releases, speeches, and all files related to state matters. Most of the material is political and official in nature, there is little personal correspondence or documents.

Series 2 consists primarily of correspondence regarding specific pieces of legislation, legislation itself, and research and reports related to legislation. Notable topics are abortion, Watergate, the Indiana Dunes, Vietnam, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

Series 3 is restricted until 2049.


  • 1964-1974


Conditions Governing Access

Restrictions apply. Contact the repository for more information.

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

Earl F. Landgrebe served as President of trucking firms in Valparaiso, Indiana, Director of the First Federal Savings and Loan Association in Valparaiso from 1952-1970, a Republican member of the Indiana State Senate from 1959-1968 and member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the 2nd District from 1969-1974.


75.5 Cubic Feet (196 manuscript boxes and 1 cubic foot box)

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Arranged by subject in the following series and subseries:

Series 1: Personal, political and official papers, 1966-1974

Subseries 1.1: Office files, 1968-1974

Subseries 1.2: Republican Party and election files, 1968-1974

Subseries 1.3: Employment and patronage files, 1968-1974

Subseries 1.4: Constituent correspondence and requests, 1968-1974

Subseries 1.5: Indiana subject files, 1966-1974

Subseries 1.6: Press files, 1968-1974

Series 2: Legislative papers, 1964-1974

Subseries 2.1: Agriculture files, 1968-1974

Subseries 2.2: Armed Services, Defense, and Veterans Affairs files, 1969-1974

Subseries 2.3: Banking, Treasury, and Housing and Urban Development files, 1968-1974

Subseries 2.4: District of Columbia, Executive Office, House Administration and other files, 1968-1974

Subseries 2.5: Foreign Affairs, State Department, and Vietnam files, 1966-1974

Subseries 2.6: Health, Education, Labor, and Welfare files, 1968-1974

Subseries 2.7: Interior, Indiana Dunes, and Public Works files, 1966-1974

Subseries 2.8: Interstate and Foreign Commerce files, 1968-1974

Subseries 2.9: Judiciary and Watergate files, 1968-1974

Subseries 2.10: Post Office and Civil Service files, 1968-1974

Subseries 2.11: Ways and Means and Appropriations files, 1968-1974

Subseries 2.12: Landgrebe legislation and miscellaneous files, 1964-1974

Series 3: Casework papers, 1968-1974 (Restricted)

Subseries 3.1: Constituent casework, 1969-1974 (Restricted)

Subseries 3.2: Armed Services casework, 1969-1974 (Restricted)

Subseries 3.3: Veterans casework, 1968-1974 (Restricted)

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Earl F. Landgrebe in November 1974.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2018/06/25 by Lauren Patton. EAD finding aid created 2018/06/25 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.