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R. Carlyle Buley papers, 1917-1971

A Guide to his Papers at the Indiana University Archives

Thomas Malefatto
Electronic finding aid encoded by Beth Benda.

Summary Information

Indiana University Office of University Archives and Records Management
1320 East Tenth Street
Herman B Wells Library E460
Bloomington, IN 47405-7000
Phone: 812-855-1127

Buley, R. Carlyle, 1893-1968.

R. Carlyle Buley papers, 1917-1971

Collection No.

.4 cubic feet

Materials are in English.

This collection consists of the papers of Roscoe Carlyle Buley, an alumni and history professor at Indiana University. The collection is organized alphabetically by subject, and includes the letter notifying Buley of his Pulitzer Prize.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Advance notice is required.

Biographical Note

Roscoe Carlyle Buley was born in Georgetown, Indiana on July 8, 1893. He received his A.B. from Indiana University in 1914 and his A.M. from I.U. in 1916. Before returning to school to get a doctorate, Buley spent several years teaching high school history in Indiana and Illinois and spent a year in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1925. He then returned to IU as an instructor in the History Department, becoming a full professor in 1944.

Buley spent 39 years teaching history at IU. He wrote many books during his tenure, with his two-volume work "The Old Northwest: Pioneer Period, 1815-1840, winning the Pulitzer Prize in history in 1951. Buley was the first native Hoosier to win that honor. He was a very dedicated teacher whose commitment was shown in the countless hours he devoted to his students. His door was always open to anyone who wished to stop in and ask questions or simply chat. He was recognized by the students for his dedication by being awarded two awards from the Sigma Delta Chi journalism society, the Leather Medal, 1952, for the professor who contributed greatly to the advancement of the university, and the Brown Derby Award, 1962, for the most popular professor on campus.

Buley retired from teaching in 1964. He died on April 25, 1968 in Indianapolis.


Organized alphabetically by subject.

Scope and Content Note

The Subject files of R. Carlyle Buley papers are organized alphabetically. Buley taught history at Indiana University from 1925-1964. The collection consists of correspondence, including the letter notifying of Buley of his Pulitzer Prize, photocopies of papers related to service in World War I, other awards, and condolence letters to Mrs. Buley after her husband's death, in 1968.

Related Material

Additional materials of Buley's are at the Lilly Library. Call (812) 855-2452 for more information.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Accession 0455
Usage Restrictions
Copyright interests for this collection have not been transferred to the Trustees of Indiana University. For more information, contact the Indiana University Archivist.
Preferred Citation
[Item], R. Carlyle Buley papers, Collection 14, Indiana University Archives.
Processing Information
Processed by Thomas Malefatto

Completed in 1998.

Series: Subject Files, 1917-1971 

Box 1 "Corn Culture and Hoosier Heritage" (article by R.C. Buley published in menu for dedication of Lilly Research Center for Agricultural Sciences), 1959 

Correspondence to Mrs. Buley, 1968-1971 

Death of R.C. Buley, 1968  

Early Jobs, 1923-1924 

Honorary Secretary of State Certificate, 1968 

Old Northwest Copyrights, 1967 

Old Northwest Pulitzer Prize, 1951 

Retirement Salutations, 1964 

World War I Record, 1917-1919