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Ralph Gates Collection
September 15, 1945
1 Folder

Manuscripts & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

Finding Aid by: Erica Sgroi, April 2013


Biographical Note:

Ralph Gates was born on February 24, 1893 in Columbia City, Indiana to Benton and Alice (Fesler) Gates. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Michigan. After graduation, he returned to Columbia City to join his father’s law practice. On August 8, 1917, he entered the U.S. Naval Reserve as Ensign and served during World War I. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant and was head of the U.S. Navy air station in LeCroisic, France. Following the war, he married Helene Edwards, with whom he had two children, Robert and Patricia. Gates served as Governor of Indiana from 1945 to 1949. He became the first Republican Governor of Indiana since 1928. In 1961, he left politics behind to focus on his law career. Gates died July 28, 1978.


Information Found within Collection
“GOP without Gates.” The Hammond Times. June 5, 1961. April 8, 2013.
“U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 record of Ralph Fesler Gates.” April 8, 2013.

Scope and Content:

The collection consists of a message sent to the Educational Conference at Indiana University by the Governor of Indiana, Ralph Gates. In the message, Governor Gates addresses the end of World War II and the implementation of the Educational Conference being held to study and discuss the world in the aftermath of the war.

Photocopy Policy:

Manuscript material CANNOT be photocopied or digitized in its entirety. Photocopies and/or digital reproductions (i.e. scans, digital photographs) cannot exceed 25% of a COLLECTION or FOLDER within a collection. In some cases, photocopying may not be permitted due to the condition of the item. Please check with the Manuscript Librarian for possible alternatives.

Collection Inventory

Folder and Item Listing:

Folder 1. Gates, Ralph

9-15-1945 Letter from Ralph Gates to Conference at Indiana Univ.

Collection Information:

Size of Collection: 1 folder
Collection Dates: September 15, 1945
Provenance:  From the Biography File – Indiana State Library
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 Manuscripts and Rare Books Division, Indiana State Library.
Language: Materials are entirely in: English
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Collection Notes: 

MA BA 5-6-2013