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George Ade Collection
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6 folders

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Processed by: Jennifer Duplaga, January 2005

Biographical Note:

George Ade was born February 9, 1866 in Kentland, Indiana, the son of John and Adaline (Bush) Ade.  In 1883, Ade enrolled at Purdue University, where, pressured by his father, he studied agriculture.  While at Purdue, he cultivated his love of literature and theater, which he had developed as a boy.  After graduation, Ade worked as an advertiser for a pharmaceutical company, a reporter for a local newspaper and also returned to school for a brief period of time to study law.  In 1890, he began working for a Chicago newspaper.  Within three years he was given his own column.  In 1896, he published his first book, Artie.    In 1900, he quit his job at the newspaper and began working on theater scripts.  His plays, such as The Sultan of Sulu and The Sho-Gun, were popular with audiences.  Ade moved back to Indiana in 1904.  He served as a delegate for the Republican National Convention, was a trustee of Purdue University and was the chief national officer of the Sigma Chi fraternity.  Ade died in Brook, IN on May 16, 1944.

Sources:  Kolb, Harold H.  “George Ade.”  Inspire 13 Jan. 2005

Scope and Content Note:

This collection contains materials related to the life and work of George Ade.  Such items include correspondence with Esther McNitt, Cyril Clemens, Hazel B. Warren, John T. McCutcheon, C.A. Kiler, Ella McCray and Willis Lyman.  This collection also contains several copies of handwritten manuscripts, such as “Bessie”, “Regarding Pie”, and “The Fun of Handling Crowds”.  There is also a copy of Ade’s will, a manuscript copy of a booklet designed by Ade for the Indiana Centennial, two Ade autographs, and an essay by Cyril Clemens about his visit with George Ade.

Folder Listing:

Folder 1. Correspondence

27 Jan. 1928
TLS to Esther McNitt from George Ade
26 May 1928
TLS to Esther McNitt from George Ade
10 June 1937
TLS to Cyril Clemens from George Ade
8 July 1937
TLS to Cyril Clemens from George Ade
7 Mar 1938
TLS to Cyril Clemens from George Ade
15 June 1939
TLS to Hazel B. Warren from George Ade
15 June 1939
Bulletin by George Ade about the destruction of his property by a tornado.
24 Oct. 1939
TLS to Cyril Clemens from George Ade
11 Nov. 1939
TLS to Hazel B. Warren from George Ade
28 Apr. [1944]
ALS to Mr. Clemens from John T. McCutcheon
4 Nov. 1944
TLS to Mr. Clemens from C.A. Kiler
25 Nov. 1944
ALS to Mr. Clemens from John McCutcheon
27 Nov. 1944
TLS to Mr. Clemens from Ella McCray
7 Dec. 1944
ALS to Mr. Clemens from Willis Lyman
ALS to Hazel B. Warren  from George Ade (incomplete)

Folder 2. Manuscripts (1 of 2)

“Regarding Pie”
“Mark Twain—Emissary”

Folder 3. Manuscripts (2 of 2)

“The Fun of Handling Crowds”

Folder 4. Indiana Centennial

George Ade Indiana Centennial Invitation Booklet

Folder 5.  Will

26 Oct. 1939

Folder 6. Miscellaneous

26 Dec. 1930
Handwritten obituary for Robert Fulton
28 Dec. 1937
Handwritten obituary for Louisa Harrison
12 July 1938
Autograph by George Ade
Postcard autographed by George Ade
Essay by Cyril Clemens “My Visit to George Ade”
George Ade quote

Collection Information:

Size of Collection: 6 folders
Collection Dates: 1928-1944
Provenance: George Ade Memorial Assc., Kentland, IN, Jan. 1973;
Cyril Clemens, Kirkland, MO, 1 July 1963;
Ohio Book Co., Cincinnati, OH, 8 June 1947;
George Van Nosdall, New York City, 28 Mar. 1952 
Restrictions: None
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript Section, Indiana State Library.
Alternate formats: None
Related Holdings: None
Notes: None

Photocopying Policy:

Manuscript materials CANNOT be photocopied or digitized in their entirety. Photocopies and/or digital images cannot exceed 25% of a collection or a folder within a collection. In some cases, photocopying may not be permitted due to the condition of the item. Check with a Manuscript Librarian for other options.