Reginals Hall Sullivan

Reginald Hall Sullivan Oral History
March-April 1976
1 transcript, 3 cassette tapes, 1 reel-to-reel tape
Manuscript Section, Indiana Division
Indiana State Library

Processed by: Christina Baich, May 2006


Biographical Note:

Reginald Hall Sullivan was born on March 10, 1876, in Indianapolis, Indiana. His father, Thomas L. Sullivan, was mayor of Indianapolis from 1890 to 1893. His maternal grandfather was Oliver H. Smith. Sullivan graduated from Wabash College in 1896 and received his law degree from the Indiana Law School in 1899. He never married. A lifelong resident of Indianapolis, he practiced law and was chairman of the Marion County Democratic Central Committee (1912-1914). He served as a State Senator in 1911 and 1913. From 1916 to 1917, he was City Controller for Indianapolis. Sullivan was elected mayor of Indianapolis and served two non-consecutive terms (1930-1935, 1939-1943). He died January 30, 1980.


January, Alan F. and Elizabeth Shanahan, comp. A Biographical Directory of the Indiana General Assembly, Volume 2, 1900-1984. Indianapolis: The Select Committee on the Centennial History of the Indiana General Assembly, 1984.

Scope and Content Note:

The collection consists of a transcript and tapes of four interviews with Reginald Hall Sullivan conducted by Jerry Handfield. Sullivan was interviewed at Hooverwood Home in Indianapolis, Indiana. Only three of the four interviews were transcribed because some of the tapes were inaudible.

In the transcribed interviews, Sullivan discusses his youth in Indianapolis, baseball, Wabash College, the Ku Klux Klan, and his political experiences. He also comments on other well-known Hoosiers including Otto Ray, James Whitcomb Riley, Paul McNutt, Thomas R. Marshall, Sherman Minton, Tom Taggart, Frank McHale, Mike Morrissey, and Gus Efroymson.

Item Listing:

1976 Mar. 25 Cassette
1976 Mar. 31,        Cassette
1976 Apr. 7 
1976 Mar. 31,        Reel-to-reel tape
1976 Apr. 7 
1976 Apr. 7 Cassette
1976 Mar. 22,        Transcript
Mar. 25, and
Apr. 7 

Collection Information:

Size of Collection:
1 transcript, 3 cassette tapes, 1 reel-to-reel tape
Collection Dates:
March -April 1976
Indiana State Library Oral History Project
Access: This collection is open for research.
Reproduction Rights:
Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript Section, Indiana State Library.  Possession of a reproduction from an Indiana State Library collection does not constitute permission for use.
Language Materials are entirely in English
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