Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Pyle mss. II, 1921-1953, consist primarily of letters from journalist Ernest Taylor Pyle, 1900-1945, to his parents and aunt, written during Pyle's travels as a newspaper columnist and World War II correspondent. A poem written by Pyle while a schoolboy in Dana, Indiana is present, as well as three letters written to his family while he was a student at Indiana University. Other items include letters from various relatives, fellow journalists, and readers of his column, as well as a letter of October 21, 1884, from congressman Joseph Gurney Cannon to Pyle's grandfather Lambert Taylor. Pyle's travels are further documented by a photograph of him and his wife, with others, embarking on a trip of South America, and a map of South America with their various stops noted.

Correspondents include: Joseph Gurney Cannon, Rosamund (Zuck) Peters Goodman, Jack Rohe Howard, Roy Wilson Howard, Poe (Siebolds) Jones, Lee Graham Miller, Ernest Taylor Pyle, Geraldine (Siebolds) Pyle, Lincoln Saxton, and Edward Reilly Stettinius.

A typescript copy of Pyle's March 31, 1942, column from The Washington Post and a typed inventory describing each item complete the collection.

Gift. George Bales, Pepperdine College, Malibu, California via the School of Journalism, Indiana University, Bloomington. 1984

An inventory is available.

Collection size: 162 items

Related manuscripts: Pyle mss., Pyle mss. III, Pyle mss. IV, Pyle mss. V, Pyle mss. VI, Pyle mss. VII

For more information about this collection and any related materials contact the Public Services Department, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405. Call (812) 855-2452 or send an email using our Ask a Question form.