Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Halleck mss., 1900-1968, are the papers of Charles Abraham Halleck, 1900-1986, congressman from Indiana. Halleck was born in Rensselaer, Indiana in 1900. He received an A.B. degree in 1922 and a law degree in 1924, both from Indiana University. In 1934 the Republican candidate for the Second Congressional District died and a special election was called to fill the seat. Halleck won the nomination, was elected and continued to serve for an additional sixteen terms. He was the House Majority Leader from 1953 to 1955, but spent most of his career as minority leader. He was replaced by Gerald R. Ford in 1964, but remained in Congress until 1968 when he retired to Rensselaer to practice law and occasionally teach at Saint Joseph’s College.

The collection is organized into the following series: I. Correspondence; II. Writings; III. Subjects; IV. Miscellaneous; V. Photographs; VI. Scrapbooks; VII. Invitations. The correspondence is primarily with prominent political figures and his Indiana constituents. The Subjects deal mostly with his political career, including large files on campaign and election materials pertaining to his runs for congressman as well as materials on presidential campaigns, the Republican National Committee and his work on various inaugural committees. Also included in the Subjects are the Burns Waterway files pertaining to his efforts to build a harbor within the Indiana Dunes, and those concerning his work on various joint and house congressional committees. Invitations include requests for speaking engagements, as well as requests to attend a wide variety of events, such as formal visits from members of the British Royal Family. Additionally, there are several invitations to events at the White House during the respective presidencies of Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Lyndon B. Johnson.

An inventory is available.

Acquired: 1969, 1970, 1975

Collection size: 291,978 items

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