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Claude M. Gray papers 1910-1948

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  • 2 of 2 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI L540 (Text) 00000105336697 Manuscripts Available -
Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI L540 (Text) 00000106354491 Manuscripts Available -

Record details

  • Physical Description: 0.6 Cubic feet 1 manuscript box, 1 small oversize box, 1 oversize folder

Content descriptions

General Note:
Processing Information: Collection processing completed 2007/02 by Elizabeth M. Wilkinson. EAD finding aid created 2018/02/05 by Lauren Patton.
Restrictions on Access Note:
This collection is open for research.
Summary, etc.:
This collection includes correspondence, military documents, such as telegrams, transport orders, and bulletins, pay record book, tickets, identification cards, Gray's World War I diary, World War I photographs and postcards, Rose Polytechnic Institute school materials, recommendation letters, service records, photocopies of newsclippings, autobiographical materials, memorials, insurance vouchers, a charcoal drawing of Gray during WWI, and realia from World War I and Rose Polytechnic Institute such as pins, buttons, and medals. Documents range from 1910 to 1948 and are primarily from Indiana and France.
Preferred Citation of Described Materials Note:
Claude M. Gray papers, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Note:
Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Biographical or Historical Data:
Claude Matthews Gray was born on September 25, 1892 to Lawrence O. Gray and Ella Mae Brown Gray near Rockville, Parke County, Indiana. Claude M. Gray attended a country school up until the eighth grade and then spent two years at Rockville High School. In 1908, the Gray family moved to Terre Haute, Indiana where Claude's father had purchased a grocery store. Gray went on to attend and graduate from Wiley High School in 1910. Due to his father's illness and need to support his mother and three siblings, Gray took a position as a locomotive fireman for the Pennsylvania Railroad. he spent six years in this position before entering Rose Polytechnic Institute in 1916 to study mechanical engineering. He was elected President of his sophomore class. On June 18, 1918, Gray married Gladys Hope McClung. They subsequently had two daughters, Mary Jane and Elizabeth Anne.World War I interrupted Gray's schooling. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in April 1918. He entered the War as a Private with Company B, 66th Regiment of Engineers and was sent to France where he served as a locomotive engineer. He was then promoted to assistant road foreman of engines. After seventeen months in the Army and the end of the War, Gray was discharged and returned to the Rose Polytechnic Institute, having only lost one year of school. Gray was elected class President his senior year and graduated with a BS in mechanical engineering in 1921. He became a special apprentice with the Pennsylvania Railroad in their Terre Haute shop. In 1923, Gray was promoted to Gang foreman and assigned to their Columbus, Ohio shop. He was then promoted to Engine house foreman in Indianapolis, Indiana in january 1926, a position he held until January 1929.In January 1929, Gray accepted a position with the St. Louis Public Service Company as Superintendent of shops and moved to St. Louis, Missouri. he then accepted a position with the Chicago Surface Lines in the fall of 1943. On April 1, 1944, Gray returned to St. Louis and the St. Louis Public Service Company as Vice President and Operating Manager.Gray accepted the position of Vice President and Operating manager of the Baltimore Transit Firm in Baltimore, Maryland in November 1946. Due to the death of the President of the Baltimore Transit Firm, Gray was elected President of the Firm on December 18, 1946. The Firm then experienced some negative feedback due to its beginning substitutions of buses for streetcars. Claude M. Gray died February 1, 1948 in Baltimore. He is buried in Terre Haute.Source: Materials within the collection.
Ownership and Custodial History:
This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Dr. Mary Jane Gray on 2006/04/04 and 2006/04/06.
Accumulation and Frequency of Use Note:
No further additions are expected.
Subject: Gray, Claude Matthews, 1892-1948.
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
Civil engineering.
Engineering.
Medals.
Soldiers.
Transportation.
World War, 1914-1918.
Genre: Correspondence
Photographs.
Diaries.

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