Birthright, William C.

William Clark Birthright
1908 – 1977
1 mss box

Manuscript & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

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Processed by: Jill Costill, April 1998

Biographical Note:

William Clark Birthright was a barber and member, president, and secretary-treasurer of Journeymen Barbers International Union in Nashville, Tennessee in 1904. Birthright also served as president of the Nashville Trade and Labor Council and secretary-treasurer of the Tennessee Federation of Labor during his career. William married Birdie L. Huss, and lived together in Indianapolis for over 39 years. The couple had a son, William Lee Birthright.

William Lee Birthright served as a photographic officer in the U.S. Air Force from 1941 to 1957 before beginning a career as a commercial photographer with his own studio called, “Lens-Craft Studio.”


Information found within the collection.

Scope and Content Note:

The collection consists of the papers of both William C. and William L. Birthright. The papers include both personal and business correspondence, photographs, and printed materials.

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. 

1. Divorce Proceedings Correspondence, March – October, 1964
2. Divorce Proceedings, 1964
3. General Correspondence, 1908 – 1965, no date
4. Federation of Labor Publications, Journeyman Barber Publications, Misc. Labor Associations
5. Barber’s Union News-clippings, Photographs, Etc.
6. Medical Papers, 1962 – 1963
7. Financial Papers, 1964
8. Military Papers, 1942 – 1957
9. Photographs and Negatives
10. Misc. Memorabilia: Graduation Programs, Travel Tickets, Etc.
11. Cards, 1942 – 1977, no date

Collection Information

Size of Collection: 1 mss box, 11 folders
Collection Dates: 1908 – 1977
Provenance: Tim Crouse, Indianapolis, IN, April 1998
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: None