Birch E. Bayh Jr.

Birch E. Bayh, Jr.
2 folders

Manuscripts & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

Finding Aid by: Edythe Huffman, Mar. 2013


Biographical Note:

Birch Evans Bayh, Jr. was born on Jan. 22, 1928 in Terre Haute.  He moved, at the age of 15, to his grandparents’ farm near Libertyville, IN when his father, Army Col. Birch Bayh was posted to China duty during WWII.  He spent a year at Purdue, then enlisted in the Army, serving from 1946-1948. He was graduated from Purdue with a degree in Agriculture, in 1951.  He married Marvella Hern in 1952 and is the father of Birch Evan Bayh, III, born in 1955. After Marvella’s death in 1979, he married Katherine Halpin in 1981 and is the father of Christopher Bayh, born in 1982.  He won a seat in the Indiana House, as a Democrat, in 1954, where he served as Speaker of the House in 1959 and Minority Floor Leader in 1961.  He attended Indiana State University in 1952-53 and received a law degree in 1960 from Indiana University-Bloomington.  He was elected to the United States Senate in 1962 and served until Jan. 3, 1981.  He was the principal architect of the Twenty-fifth Amendment, which was ratified in 1967 and the Twenty-sixth amendment, ratified in1971.  He is now practicing law in Washington, D.C.


Man in the News.  (1961, Oct.21).  Indianapolis Times.  p. 6, col. 1-3.
Birch Bayh.  In Wikipedia.  Retrieved Mar. 4, 2013.

Scope and Content:

The collection consists of a letter to a constituent, a form letter, and a speech recorded in the Congressional Record, all regarding the lack of funding for the Library Services and Construction Act, in FY1974, and campaign materials from Birch Bayh’s presidential run in 1975-1976.

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.  Correspondence

2-27-1973 Letter to Mrs. Frances B. McDonald
[5-1-1973] Form letter, 2 copies

4-18-1973 Speech recorded in the v. 119, no. 62 issue of Congressional Record, 2 copies

Folder 2.  Campaign Material

n.d. Campaign button, “Birch Bayh for President ‘76
n.d. Campaign button, “Birch Bayh Staff in ’76”
n.d. Campaign button, “Birch Bayh ‘76”
n.d. Button, “I’m from INDIANA home of senator BIRCH BAYH
n.d. Lapel pin “Bayh 76”
10-21-1975 Ticket  “ADMIT ONE – FLOOR - BIRCH BAYH for PRESIDENT
10-21-1975 Formal Declaration of Candidacy – Press conference and Statement
[1975-1976] Letterhead “BIRCH BAY IN ‘76”
[1975-1976] Campaign brochure “A lot of people talk about protecting Israel’s security…Senator Birch Bayh acts
[1975] Campaign brochure “BIRCH BAY IN ‘76”
[1976] Campaign brochure “This year, one Democrat stands out.”
[1976] Campaign brochure “We must not revert to isolationism, but instead face post-Vietnam world realities.”
[1976] Campaign brochure “Birch Bayh for President.”, 2 copies
[1975-1976] Campaign brochure “Bayh Campaign Gains Momentum”
[1975-1976] Campaign brochure “Senator Birch Bayh – The Democratic candidate for President with a plan for economic recovery…
[1975-1976] Campaign brochure “BAYH FOR PRESIDENT – Bayh Wins Straw Poll”, 3 copies
[1976] Campaign brochure “Our teachers determine our future…everyday in classrooms across this land.”

Collection Information:

Size of Collection: 2 folders
Collection Dates: 1973-1976
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 Manuscripts and Rare Books Division, Indiana State Library.
Language: Materials are entirely in: English
Alternate Formats: 
Related Holdings: Oral History of Birch E. Bayh
Collection Notes: