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Margaret Afflis Johnston collection circa 1916-1967

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  • 3 of 3 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI L555 (Text) 00000105337265 Manuscripts Available -
Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI L555 (Text) 00000105337273 Manuscripts Available -
Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI L555 (Text) 00000106354897 Manuscripts Available -

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  • Physical Description: 3.5 Cubic feet 11 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize folder

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General Note:
Processing Information: Collection processing completed 2009 May by Brent Abercrombie. Collection reprocessed 2017-06-23 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid created 2009 May by Brent Abercrombie. EAD finding aid revised 2017/06/23 by Brittany Kropf.
Restrictions on Access Note:
This collection is open for research.
Summary, etc.:
This collection includes personal and political correspondence and papers, photographs, notebooks, publications and other rmaterials from Margaret Afflis Johnston in Delphi, Carroll County and Indianapolis, Indiana ranging from 1916 to 1967, regarding her political career, public service, the Democratic Party in Indiana, the Indiana Women's Prison and the state correctional system, community engagement, and personal life. Campaign materials and periodicals for various democratic candidates and organizations from the local to the national level are scattered throughout the political correspondence and papers.The collection also includes correspondence, photographs and materials from a scrapbook related to Johnston's son, William "Dick the Bruiser" Afflis. Correspondents including John F. Kennedy, Andrew Jacobs, and Matthew E. Welsh. Oversize items include Johnston's certificates of appointment (1949-1961); a certificate certifying Johnston's passing of the state probation examinations (1944); a citation for meritorious service for devoted service to Indiana (1956); an anti-communist China broadside (1960); a campaign broadside for Johnston's unsuccessful bid for Congress in 1946; an issue of the Indiana Democrat newspaper (April 15, 1954) and of The County Paper Hit Parade: Supplement to the Starke County Democrat (November 24, 1960); and a team photograph of a juvenile football team which includes William F. Afflis.
Preferred Citation of Described Materials Note:
Margaret Afflis Johnston collection, 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:
Margaret Atkinson Afflis Johnston was born to Frank and Harriet (White) Atkinson on June 11, 1907. She was active in community projects and known nationally in Democratic circles for her lifelong work with the party. Johnston's political career included the following positions: the Deer Creek Township trustee, Delphi, Carroll County (1930-1934); Carroll County Democratic Party vice-chairman (1930-1938); Second Congressional District vice-chairman (1932-1941); Democratic candidate for Congress opposing Representative Charles Halleck (1946); State Probation Director (1941-1945, 1949-1953); Indiana Women's Prison Parole Board member (1954-1967); Indiana Democratic National committeewoman (1960-1964); president of the Indiana Women's Democratic Club (1965-1967). She was the first woman to manage a license branch in Carroll County and organized the Psi Iota Xi Sorority in Delphi. Johnston was twice married, first to Delphi businessman William W. Afflis (1897-1945) and then with Leroy Orlin Johnston, Jr. (married 1951) of Indianapolis. She died on April 17, 1967 from a heart attack at the age of 60. Johnston's son from her first marriage, William (Dick) Franklin [Fritz] Afflis (1929-1991), was a professional athlete, who played football as a left tackle for the Green Bay Packers during the early 1950s. Afflis was known as "Dick the Bruiser" during his career as a professional wrestler, which began in 1955. He attended Purdue University in Indiana and the University of Nevada.Sources:Items in the "Margaret Atkinson Afflis." Find a Grave Index. Accessed June 17, 2017."Margaret A. Johnston." Obiturary. Hoosier Democrat (Flora, IN), April 20, 1967."William W. Afflis." Obituary. Delphi Citizen, December 20, 1945.
Ownership and Custodial History:
This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Leroy O. Johnston in 1969.
Accumulation and Frequency of Use Note:
No further additions are expected.
Subject: Barton, John J. 1916-2004.
Bayh, Birch, 1928-
Capehart, Homer E. (Homer Earl), 1897-1979.
Cotton, Luella 1903-1994.
Craig, George North, 1909-1992.
Edwards, Marie Stuart 1880-1970.
Hartke, Vance, 1919-2003.
Johnson, Lady Bird, 1912-2007.
Johnston, Margaret Afflis, 1907-1967.
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963.
Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy, 1929-1994.
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962.
Schricker, Henry F. (Henry Fredrick), 1883-1966.
Welsh, Matthew E. (Matthew Empson), 1912-1995.
Democratic National Committee (U.S.)
Democratic National Convention.
Democratic Party (Ind.) State Convention.
Democratic Party (Ind.)
Democratic Party (U.S.)
Indiana Woman's Prison.
Indiana. State Probation Department.
National Woman's Party.
Purdue University.
Presbyterian Church > Indiana.
Equal rights amendments.
Indiana > Politics and government.
Indiana > Politics and government > 20th century.
Political campaigns > 20th century.
Political parties > Indiana.
Politicians > Indiana.
Prison administration.
Social work with children.
Social work with juvenile delinquents.
Social service > United States.
Women in public life.
Women political activists.
Women politicians.
Genre: Radio speeches.
Annual reports.
Christmas cards.
Minutes (Records)
Report cards.

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