Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Nolan, Val mss., 1907-1945, are the correspondence and speeches of Val Francis Nolan, 1892-1940, lawyer and trustee of Indiana University. He was the son of John J. Nolan, mayor of Evansville, Indiana, and married in 1917 Jeannette Covert, the daughter of Charles Grant Covert, mayor and postmaster of Evansville, Indiana. His wife became an author of children's stories and books as well as several non- fiction works.

After service in the first World War, Nolan practiced law and served as City Attorney in Evansville. It was during this time that he made a number of speeches, forty-two of which accompany this collection. In 1933 he was appointed United States Attorney for the southern district of Indiana and became more involved in the political life of the state. In 1935 Nolan was elected a trustee of Indiana University.

The correspondents are George Murphey Barnard, Watson Lambert Benson, Homer Stille Cummings, Stephen Bond Fleming, John Kaley Jennings, Joseph Berry Keenan, Charles Marion LaFollette, Frank Martin McHale, James O'Brien McMahon, Sherman Minton, Frank Murphy, Mrs. Jeannette (Covert) Nolan, John J. Nolan, Val Francis Nolan, John Francis O'Hara, Mrs. Florence (Herz) Stone, James Eli Watson, Herman B Wells, Harvey T. Woodruff.

A biographical folder, several pictures which relate to his military service, to his career as district attorney and as Indiana University trustee and news clippings of his cases as district attorney complete the collection.

83 items 7 photographs

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