Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Lieber mss., 1691-1945, are papers of Richard Lieber, 1869-1944, director of the Indiana state department of conservation from its creation in 1919 to 1933.

Career: born St. Johann-Saarbrucken, Germany, Sept. 5, 1869; son of Otto and Maria Henriette Julie (Richter) Lieber; attended Municipal and Royal Lyceum, Dusseldorf, Germany; studied English speech and literature in England, 1890; came to United States, 1891; worked in a hardware store in Indianapolis, Ind.; married Emma Rappaport, 1874-1955, on August 28, 1893; music and art critic for Indianapolis Journal and Indiana Tribune for about eight years; engaged in various businesses in Indianapolis; became chairman, Indiana state park committee, 1915; appointed military secretary with rank of colonel by Governor Goodrich, 1917; appointed secretary, Indiana board of forestry, 1917; appointed first director of Indiana state Department of conservation, 1919, resigned 1933; died, April 15, 1944.

Included in the collection are: 1) 39 diaries of Lieber, 1890, 1891, 1895, 1909-1944, which include scrapbook material, i.e. newspaper clippings, programs, pictures, tickets, some letters, etc., as well as diary entries. Loose scrapbook material in volumes which have been rebound has been removed and placed in folders labeled by years in a manuscript box labeled: "Lieber Mss. Scrapbook Material from Diaries." 2) speeches and writings of Lieber, 1893-1944, mainly 1930-1944, chiefly on state parks and conservation; 3) Lieber family letters and papers in German, 1691-1899; 4) Protokoll Buch der Freisinnigen Sonntagsschule, Indianapolis, Ind., 1896-1905; 5) letters to Richard Lieber from prominent men in the United States, 1916-1937; 6) correspondence, 1943- 1944, of Lieber on stream pollution, the Indianapolis post- war planning board, etc.; 7) resolutions of various organizations on the death of Richard Lieber, 1944; 8) a loose-leaf notebook of "Plans of a Department of conservation, State of Indiana," 1908-1919; 9) miscellaneous typewritten, mimeographed, printed and pictorial material on national and state parks; 10) photograph albums and unmounted photographs of Richard Lieber, members of his family, Lieber family homes, parks and historic sites in Indiana and other parts of the United States, etc.; 11) newspaper clippings, 1905-1950, relating to Richard Lieber; 12) photostats of some 1913 and 1914 numbers of the Preussische Gesetzsammlung.

Correspondents represented in the collection include Lyman Abbott, George Ade, Claude Gernade Bowers, Calvin Coolidge, Stanley Coulter, George Creel, Frederic Adrian Delano, James Putnam Goodrich, Herbert Hoover, Charles Evans Hughes, Cordell Hull, Frank Billings Kellogg, Franklin Knight Lane, Louis Leon Ludlow, Thomas Riley Marshall, Harry Stewart New, Samuel Moffett Ralston, James Whitcomb Riley, Theodore Roosevelt, Ellery Sedgwick, Ordway Tead, Frederick Van Nuys, Woodrow Wilson, and Raymond Eugene Willis.

For biographical information see Emma (Rappaport) Lieber, Richard Lieber. [Indianapolis], 1947. (Lilly F531 .L68 L4)

Acquired. 1944, 1946, 1955, 1956

780 items

Additions. Receipt for use of property later known as Turkey Run State Park, Sept. 28, 1881; Military commission as colonel and military secretary, May 11, 1917; certificate of recognition from Chicago Regional Planning Association, 1937; photocopy of honorary doctorate from Wabash College, June 7, 1942

Acquired. 2004

4 items

Collection size: 784 items

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