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Orville Haines Moody collection

Identifier: L714

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a scrapbook created by Nancy L. (Sutton) Moody Cross of Angola, Indiana documenting her husband Orville Haines Moody's political career, with materials ranging from 1934 to 2019. Within the scrapbook's first page, a photograph of James A. Moody, Orville's grandfather, and a note states, "James A. Moody, elected to the Indiana State Legislature exactly 50 years to the day before Orville. He won the nomination on May 8, 1934 and Orville won the nomination on May 8, 1984."

Moody's campaign advertising cards, pamphlets and newspaper clippings comprise a majority of the scrapbook. Also included is correspondence from family, friends, religious institutions, organizations and political figures regading his candidacy. There are also several photographs of Moody with politicians and the House legislative chamber during the 1980s. Congratulatory letters from U.S. Senator Dan Quayle; Indiana Lieutenant-Governor John M. Mutz; Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives, J. Roberts Dailey; Indianapolis Mayor William H. Hudnut III; and Indiana Governor Robert D. Orr are included. There are also two autographed photographs of Moody and U.S. Senator Birch Bayh. Newspaper clippings follow Moody's legislative work and voting record during 1985-1989 and memorialization efforts for Moody after his death.

There are also political buttons, lapel pins, and name tags (circa 1950-1989); 2 photographs of Moody with Hoosier politicians (circa 1970-1986); and an electronic roll-call voting mechanism from the Indiana House of Representatives chamber. An oversize folder contains House resolutions regarding Moody (1988-1989), his Sagamore of the Wabash (1988); a Christmas gift, wooden plaque and card, from Indiana Speaker J. Roberts Dailey (1987); and a 1985 poster of the Indiana House of Represntatives (OBC091).


  • 1934-2019


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

Orville Haines Moody was born to James Preston (1909-1997) and Edna Mary (Pawlisch) Moody (1906-1944) on December 25, 1930 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He grew up in York Township and attended elementary schools in Metz. Moody was graduated from Angola High School in 1949 and attended Purdue University. He began his career with General Electric in Fort Wayne and later, Magnavox where he was an early expert in printex circuitry. He married Nancy Sutton on March 15, 1953 and they had 2 daughters, Barbara and Diane.

Moody and his wife, Nancy, briefly relocated to Glendora, California in 1967, moving back to Angola, Indiana in 1971, where they purchased Munn's Book Store, operating it as Moody's Office Supplies. He established Moody's Typesetting Business and worked as a vocational teacher at Angola High School from 1979 to 1983. Moody was active in local politics where he was elected to the Angola City Council from 1974 to 1984. He served as an Indiana State Convention delegate in 1972, 1976, and 1980. He later served in the Indiana House of Representatives during 1985-1989, representing DeKalb and Steuben counties. House Concurrent Resolution No. 6, memorializing Orville H. Moody, was adopted by the 106th Indiana General Assembly, 2nd Session, in 1990.

Moody was a member of Angola Masonic Lodge 236, Scottish Rite Valley of Fort Wayne, Mizpah Shrine Temple of Fort Wayne, Pokagon Shrine Club of Angola, and the Angola Rotary Club. He was former vice-present of Angola State Bank. The Sagamore of the Wabash was awarded to him on November 30, 1989. Orville Moody died of cancer on July 29, 1989 and is buried at the Circle Hill Cemetery in Angola, Indiana.


Items in the collection. "Orville Haines Moody." Indiana, U.S., Birth Certificates, 1907-1944. Accessed August 22, 2023. "Orville Moody." Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed August 27, 2019. "Orville Moody." U.S.,™ Marriage Index, 1800s-current. Accessed August 22, 2023.

Anspaugh, Colleen. “Introspective.” Herald-Republican (Angola, IN), October 3, 1984. "Orville Haines Moody." Find a Grave Memorial. August 22, 2023.

Indiana Legislator Database. "Orville Moody." Accessed August 27, 2019.!/legislator/6658/Orville-Moody.


0.46 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box, 1 small box, 1 large oversize folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by format.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Tom and Sarah Pfundstein on behalf of Nancy L. Cross on 2018/01/24; 2023/05/26; and Barbara Moody Jesse on 2023/08/23.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

L713: Mary Elizabeth Moody collection

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Bethany Fiechter on 2019/08/27. Collection reprocessed with addition and EAD finding aid revised 2023/08/22 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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