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William H. Wade collection

Identifier: L656

Scope and Contents

This collection includes William H. Wade’s correspondence, writing drafts, speeches, news releases and research documentation during his time at the Anderson Herald, ranging from 1949-1971. Also included is correspondence and writing drafts from his son, David L. Wade during 1953-1969. A bulk of the collection consists of Wade’s source material for his “Folklore” column as well as other writing interests and programming within the folklore community. Of note, an 1825 broadside of “The Life and Confession of John M’Affee: A Serious Warning to Young Men” is included. Books within the collection include signed copies from the personal library of William H. Wade.


  • 1825-1987, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Literary rights, including copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their legal heirs and assigns. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts. The publisher must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical Note

William H. Wade was born on September 27, 1906 to Edward and Minnie H. Wade. His early years were spent on a farm near Loogootee, Indiana where he lived with his family. He was a Rector Scholar at DePauw University where he received a B.A. degree in 1928. He was married in 1931 to Amy E. Newell and later divorced. They had a son David Lawson Wade. He spent most of his working years in the newspaper profession. The only break in his newpaper career came during World War II when he was employed for a short time with General Motors in Flint, Michigan. Among the newspapers for which he worked were the Terre Haute Star, Cleveland Blade, Sandusky Register, Port Huron, Times Herald, Flint Journal and Lebanon Reporter.

Wade was active in folklore and wrote the column "Folklore" for the Anderson Herald from 1949-1971. He also edited news dispatches from the Associated and United Press wires. According to his obituary, he was an avid reader and could cite historical facts quickly from memory. In addition to a large book collection, he had one of the most extensive phonograph record collections with over 3,000 recordings. Wade died on May 27, 1971 in Anderson, Indiana and is buried in Maplewood Cemetery.

Sources: Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015.

"Veteran Newsman William Wade Dies." Anderson Daily Bulletin. Accessed June 20, 2019., May 28, 1971.


2.2 Cubic Feet (6 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box)

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Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed 2019/06/20 by Bethany Fiechter. Reprocessed and finding aid revised 2024/02/12 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.