Processing Information: Collection processing completed 2006/03 by Christina Baich. Finding aid updated 2015/11/09 by Bethany Fiechter.
Restrictions on Access Note:
The collection is open for research use.
The collection contains transcripts of two interviews of Curtis G. Shake conducted by Thomas Krasean and Robert Montgomery on April 10, 1968 and April 23, 1972. In the 1968 interview, Shake discusses his boyhood days; his schooling; his acquaintances with such men as Paul McNutt, Wendell Willkie, and Sherman Minton; several of his most interesting cases as a lawyer; and concludes with his thoughts on the Nuremberg Trials. Following the interview transcript, is a transcript of a speech made by Shake before the Vincennes Historical and Antiquarian Society on May 14, 1968. The 1972 interview covers Shake's life up to 1907.
Preferred Citation of Described Materials Note:
Curtis G. Shake oral history, Rare Books and Manuscripts Section, Indiana State Library.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Note:
Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript Section, Indiana State Library. Possession of a reproduction from an Indiana State Library collection does not constitute permission for use.
Biographical or Historical Data:
Curtis Grover Shake was born on July 14, 1887, in Knox County, Indiana. He was admitted to the bar in 1909 and practiced primarily in Vincennes, Indiana. Shake held a number of public offices including Knox County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney (1911-1913); Bicknell City Attorney(1912-1915); U.S. Commissioner (1917-1921); Knox County Attorney (1923-1926); State Senator (1927); and Indiana Supreme Court Justice (1939-1946). Shake was also the Executive Presiding Judge of the United States War Crimes Tribunal that tried I.G. Farben Industries officials in Nuremberg, Germany (1947-1948). He died on September 11, 1978, in Vincennes, Indiana.