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Virginia Ellis Jenckes
L374
1918 – 1951
4 mss boxes

Manuscript & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

Processed by: Unknown
Reprocessed by: Brent Abercrombie, October 2011

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Biographical Note:

Virginia Ellis Jenckes was born November 6, 1877 in Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana. Jenckes attended the local public and high schools before attending one year of college. After college, Jenckes became involved in agricultural pursuits from 1912 to 1926. In 1926, Jenckes became Secretary of Wabash Valley Improvement Association, serving until 1932. In 1933, Jenckes became the first woman from Indiana to be elected U.S. Representative, where she served three terms until her unsuccessful reelection in 1938. Following her congressional run, Jenckes was appointed U.S. delegate to the Interparlimentary Union in Paris, France in 1937. Jenckes returned to Washington D.C., where she lived and worked for the American Red Cross for many years before returning to her home state in Indianapolis in 1969. Jenckes eventually returned home to Terre Haute in 1971, where she lived until her death on January 9, 1975.

Source:
Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. 
10/21/11.

Scope and Content Note:

The collection consists primarily of Jenckes’s Congressional papers. Also included are correspondence, reports, and other papers relating to the Agriculture Waste Recovery Project (1933 – 1943) and other efforts to help farmers during the Depression; flood control on the Wabash and White Rivers; railroads; women’s rights; education; and Communists in America, as well as her opposition to Communist radio broadcasts. The collection also contains papers relating to her political campaigns (1934 – 1938); the meeting of the 1937 Interparliamentary Union, including transcript of Jenckes’s speech to the Union; political correspondence (1938 – 1940); and newspaper clippings, principally relating to politics (1932 – 1949).

Correspondents include J. Edgar Hoover, Louis M. Howe, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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.

Box and Folder Listing:

Box 1.  Correspondence, 1918 – 1934

Folder

 

1.

1918 – 1929

2.

1930 – 1932

3.

January – June, 1933

4.

July – December, 1933

5.

Flood Control – Wabash and White Rivers, 1933

6.

January – July, 1934

7.

August – December, 1934

Box 2.  Correspondence, 1935 – 1936

Folder

 

1.

1935

2.

January – February, 1936

3.

March – April, 1936

4.

May – August, 1936

5.

October, 1936

6.

September, 1936

7.

November – December and Undated Campaign Material, 1936

8.

Election Material 1936 and Undated

Box 3.  Correspondence, 1937 – 1951

Folder

 

1.

January – September, 1937

2.

Pamphlets and Programs, European Trip, September 1937 (part 1)

3.

Pamphlets and Programs, European Trip, September 1937 (part 2)

4.

October – December, 1937

5.

January – May, 1938

6.

June – October, 1938

7.

November – December, 1938

8.

January – July, 1939

9.

August – December, 1939

10.

1940 – 1951

Box 4.  Press Materials, 1919 – 1951, Undated

Folder

 

1.

Press Clippings, 1919 – 1932

2.

Press Clippings, January – June, 1933

3.

Press Clippings, July – December, 1933

4.

Press Clippings, January – April, 1934

5.

Press Clippings, May – December, 1934

6.

Press Clippings, 1935

7.

Press Clippings, 1936 – 1951, no date

8.

Press Releases, President Harry Truman, 1945

9.

Social Material, Undated

10.

Campaign Material, Undated

11.

Speech on Agricultural Adjustment Administration, Undated

12.

Papers Regarding Corn Products, Undated

13.

Photographs

 

Collection Information

 

Size of Collection:

4 mss boxes, 38 folders

Collection Dates:

1918 – 1951

Provenance:

Unknown

Access :

The collection is open for research use

Restrictions:

None

Reproduction Rights:

Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript and Rare Books Division, Indiana State Library.

Language:

Materials are entirely in English

Alternate Formats:

None

Related Holdings:

 

Notes:

Partial item inventory available upon request