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Whitcomb mss., 1933-1985

Papers, 1933-1985, of Edgar Doud Whitcomb at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Electronic finding aid encoded by Magia Ghetu

Summary Information

Repository
Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Indiana University
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
Phone: 812-855-2452
Fax: 812-855-3143
Email: liblilly@indiana.edu
http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly

Creator
Whitcomb, Edgar D.

Title
Whitcomb mss., 1933-1985

Collection no
LMC 2301

Extent
1795 items

Language
Materials are in English

Abstract
Consists of the papers of Edgar Doud Whitcomb, 1917- . The early papers document his aviation and military career. Correspondence mostly concerns his military career and his book Escape from Corregidor (Chicago: H. Regnery, 1958). Other materials include the original manuscript, book production and promotion materials, galley proofs, and reviews for the book; an unproduced television script, "Don't look back" , based on the book; and materials concerning his various election campaigns. Post-gubernatorial papers reflect his association with the ADBC (American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor), Accelerated Christian Education, and the Indiana Bible College.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions
This collection is open for research.
Acquisition Information
Gift. 1986, 1987, 2003, 2005.
Usage Restrictions
Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.

Preferred Citation
[Item], Whitcomb mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
Biographical Note
Lawyer and former governor of Indiana.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of the papers of Edgar Doud Whitcomb, 1917- . The early papers document his aviation and military career. Correspondence mostly concerns his military career and his book Escape from Corregidor (Chicago: H. Regnery, 1958). Other materials include the original manuscript, book production and promotion materials, galley proofs, and reviews for the book; an unproduced television script, "Don't look back" , based on the book; and materials concerning his various election campaigns. Post-gubernatorial papers reflect his association with the ADBC (American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor), Accelerated Christian Education, and the Indiana Bible College.

Correspondence with his parents, 1933-1942, includes his letter dated Feb. 23, 1942 from Clark Field in the Philippines just before his capture, internment, and escape from the Japanese.

Arrangement/Organization

Collection organized in the following series: I. Biographical; II. Correspondence; III. Writings; IV. Subject Files; V. Photographs; VI. Miscellaneous; VII. Appointment Books; and VIII. Standing Rules and Orders.

  • Indexing Terms

  • The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in IUCAT, the IU Libraries' online catalog. Materials about related topics, persons or places can be found by searching the catalog using these terms.

    • Names
    • American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor.
    • Indiana Bible College.
    • Accelerated Christian Education, Inc. (Lewisville, Tex.)
    • Whitcomb, Edgar D.
    • Whitcomb, Edgar D. --Escape from Corregidor.
    • Topics
    • World War, 1939-1945 --Prisoners and prisons, Japanese.

Related Material

Whitcomb's gubernatorial papers are in the Indiana State Archives.


Series: Box 1 Biographical

(1 folder in Box 1)

Includes a biographical sketch, passports, some family-related papers, etc.


Series: Correspondence, 1933-1985 

Mostly concerns his military career and his book Escape from Corregidor.


Box 1 1933-1975 

(43 folders)


Box 2 1976-1985 

(8 folders)


Drachenberg, Dayton, 1953-1983 

(1 folder)


H. Regnery Co., 1957-1966 

(3 folders)


Phillips, Howard, 1952-1958 

(2 folders)


Series: Writings

Escape from Corregidor

(8 folders, one bound album)


Box 2 Original manuscript

Book production materials

Contracts and royalty statements

Promotional materials

Proof

Reviews

Television script entitled "Don't Look Back"

Autograph album "Escape from Corregidor Author's Tea"

Untitled writing by Whitcomb concerning MacArthur's decision not to attack Philippines after bombing of Pearl Harbor

(1 folder)


Series: Subject Files

Box 2 Accelerated Christian Education, 1983 

(1 folder)


ADBC, 1967-1983 

(3 folders)

Materials concerning the ADBC (American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor), and travels to Corregidor for commemoration ceremonies.


Campaign materials

(5 folders)


1964, (U.S. Senate).

Press releases.


1966, (Secretary of State).

Press releases, schedule of speaking engagements, voting tabulations, clippings.


1968, (Governor).

GOP state convention materials, speeches given by Whitcomb and his wife Patricia, artwork, ads, schedule of speaking engagements, press releases.


Certificates, 1952-1984 

(1 folder)


Box 3 Governor's Economy Program: Survey & Recommendations. Indianapolis, 1969.

254p. (1 folder)


Gubernatorial materials,

(1 folder)

Press releases, clippings, programs, miscellaneous materials concerning Whitcomb's term as governor.


Indiana Bible College, 1981-1982 

(1 folder)

Facts about IBC, constitution and bylaws, lists of founders, brochures.


Indiana University, 1974 

(1 folder)

Diploma: honorary doctorate of law, photo of Whitcomb receiving degree, commencement program.


Indiana University Alumni Association dinner, Sept. 12, 1979 

Lopez, 1945-1946 

(1 folder)

Correspondence and other materials related to Lopez family who sheltered Americans on Corregidor during the war and Whitcomb's attempt to get a commendation for them.


Military service,

(8 folders)


Air Force Academy, 1963-1967 

Materials pertaining to term as liaison officer.


Extension Course Institute, 1958-1965 

Papers concerning Whitcomb's matriculation at USAF Extension Course Institute.


Flight log, 1944-1945 

Includes roster of AAF officers, five yuan note signed by Eleanor Roosevelt.


Navigation logs and flight records, 1955-1957 

Oryoku Maru Memorial.

Document concerning memorial to ship sunk in Subic Bay in 1944.


201 file, 1946-1956 

Miscellaneous, 1941-1981 

Philippine Heritage Endowment Fund, 1979-1980 

(1 folder)


Veterans Life Insurance, 1979-1982 

(1 folder)


Series: Box 3 Photographs

(2 folders)

Includes photos of Whitcomb, his family, friends; Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos; a meeting with Ronald Reagan; George Wallace; Bob Hope; Senator Richard Lugar, et al.


Series: Box 3 Miscellaneous

(3 folders)

Includes items relating to wife Patricia.


Series: Appointment Books

(10 volumes)


Box 3 1973-1976 

1978 

1980 

1982 

(2 volumes)


1983 

1984 

Series: Standing Rules and Orders

(4 volumes)


Box 3 87th General Assembly of Indiana, Senate: 1951 

88th General Assembly of Indiana, Senate: 1953 

96th General Assembly of Indiana, House of Representatives: 1969 

96th General Assembly of Indiana, Senate: 1969