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Orville Haynes Moody collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: L714

Scope and Contents

This collection includes one scrapbook created by Nancy L. Cross of Angola, Indiana. 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."

Orville'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. Several photographs of the House legislative chamber during the 1980s can be found. Congratulatory letters from U.S. Senator Dan Quayle; John M. Mutz, Indiana Lieutenant Governor; 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 two autographed photographs of Orville and U.S. Senator, Birch Bayh.

Newspaper clippings follow Moody's legislative work and voting record during 1985-1989. Political buttons, lapel pins and an electronic voting box from the Indiana House of Representatives chamber is also included.


  • circa 1984-1990


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 Haynes Moody was born to James Preston and Edna Mary Pawlisch Moody on December 25, 1930 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He grew up in York Township and attended elementary schools in Metz. He was graduated from Angola High School in 1949 and attended Purdue University. Orville began his career with General Electric in Fort Wayne and later to Magnavox where he was an early expert in printex cicuitry. Orville and his wife, Nancy Sutton Moody, briefly moved 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 married Nancy on March 15, 1953 and they had two daughters, Barbara and Diane. Orville established Moody's Typesetting Business and was active in local politics where he was elected to the Angola City Council during 1974-1984. Moody was an Indiana State Convention delegate in 1972, 1976 and 1980. He 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.

Orville 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 a vocational teacher at Angola High School from 1979-1983. He was former vice-present of Angola State Bank. The Sagamore of the Wabash was awarded to him on November 30, 1989. Orville died on July 29, 1989 and is buried at the Circle Hill Cemetery in Angola, Indiana.


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

Anspaugh, Colleen. “Introspective.” Herald-Republican. October 3, 1984, sec. 5A.

Indiana Legislator Database:!/legislator/6658/Orville-Moody


1 Cubic Feet (1 cubic foot box)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Tom Pfundstein on behalf of Nancy L. Cross on 2018/01/24.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Bethany Fiechter on 2019/08/27.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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