Helen Daniels Oral History Interview
March 15, 1977 through September 14, 1978
Manuscripts & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library
Finding Aid by: Erica Sgroi, April 2013
Helen Daniels was born in Tipton, Indiana on February 28, 1907, the daughter of Edward and Elizabeth (Staats) Daniels. Her father, a lawyer, died in 1920, at the age of 41, of diabetes. Daniels attended St. John’s parochial school, and graduated from Tipton High School in 1924 and then attended Tipton Business College. She moved to Indianapolis in the 1920s. Her first job was working at the Indianapolis Union Railway and then she worked at the State House, for the Public Service Commission. Between 1937 and 1939, Daniels attended Indiana University Extension (later IUPUI), taking classes in social work. As a social worker, she worked on “better admission of poor relief funds, stricter child abuse laws, and a separate health and hospital corporation for Marion County.” She became a lobbyist, working on welfare issue with the Indiana Legislature. Helen Daniels died On 2 April 1995 in Indianapolis.
Information Found within Collection
Scope and Content:
This collection consists of an oral history interview with F. Gerald (Jerry) Handfield, which takes place over four different interview sessions between March 15, 1977 and September 14, 1978. Part one consists of information about Daniels’ childhood and young adult life in Tipton. The second part she talks about her early jobs in social work in Indianapolis. The third part of the interview she tells about her social service and lobbying activities with regards to public health. The fourth part concludes with her impressions of the legislature, lobbyists, and the economic climate in Indianapolis in the 1970s.
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Folder and Item Listing:
Unknown Helen Daniels Oral History Transcript
Size of Collection: 1 Transcript
Collection Dates: Interview Dates: Mar. 3, 1977, Dec. 21, 1977, Feb. 27, 1978, and Sept. 14, 1978
Provenance: Indiana State Library
Access: The Collection is Open for Research Use
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscripts and Rare Books Division, Indiana State Library.
Language: Materials are entirely in: English
Related Holdings: S1882, S2565, V239
MA BA 5-7-2013