Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Rauch mss., 1908-1940, are the papers of George Washington Rauch, 1876-1940, congressman from Marion, Indiana, who represented the eleventh district, 1907-1917. In 1926 and 1934 he was the unsuccessful candidate for the nomination of U.S. senator from Indiana on the democratic ticket. The collection consists of correspondence with prominent political figures and businessmen, speeches on numerous subjects, and eight scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, 1908-1914.

Except for the scrapbooks, the material in the collection covers the period after his five terms in Congress, when he divided his time between the practice of law and business interests. The bulk of the material deals with federal and state elections, 1916-1938; and Indiana politics, 1926-1940. Other subjects dealt with are stock companies, 1927; small loan finances, 1927-1930; investment companies, 1928-1929; oil well leases, 1924; reforestation of some farm land near Warren, Indiana, 1929; railroads, 1928; disabled veterans, 1932; Marion, Indiana, schools, 1927-1932; military service for college students, 1940; narcotics, 1926; prohibition, 1929; public utilities, 1927-1928; and the violation of the national industrial recovery act and the code of fair competition of the retail solid fuel industry, 1934. Included are also the articles of incorporation of the Indiana Automobile Dealers Association and the minutes of the first meeting of this organization, 1927.

Among the correspondents in the collection are James Cannon; Mrs. Edna (McGilliard) Christian; James Middleton Cox; Thomas Tingey Craven; Maurice Early; James Aloysius Farley; Leonard Feeney; Forest Arthur Harness; Byron Patton Harrison; Richmond Pearson Hobson; Cordell Hull; Edward Keating; Julius Klein; Sydney Holland, 2nd viscount Kuntsford; Harry Guyer Leslie; Louis Leon Ludlow; George Banks McGinty; Frank Martin McHale; R. Earl Peters; Hal C. Phelps; Samuel Taliaferro Rayburn; James Arthur Stuart; Albert Stump; Frederick Van Nuys; Thomas James Walsh; Herman B Wells; Ora Leonard Wildermuth; Evans Woollen, 1864-1942; and Albert Francis Zahm.

Collection size: 703 items

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