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  • Physical Description: 18.7 Cubic feet 31 manuscript boxes; 1 half-size manuscript box; 7 cubic foot boxes; 6 medium oversize boxes; 1 large oversize box

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General Note:
Processing Information: Collection processing completed 2015/03/06 by Alexandria Jones. EAD finding aid created 2015/03/06 by Alexandria Jones.
Restrictions on Access Note:
This collection is open for research.
Summary, etc.:
This collection includes correspondence, notes, scrapbooks, and photographs, reel-to-reel audio, and 16mm film from Donald C. Bruce in Washington D.C. ranging from 1950 to 1969 regarding his time in Congress.
Preferred Citation of Described Materials Note:
Donald C. Bruce 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:
Donald Cogley Bruce was born in Trouteville, Pennsylvania on April 27, 1921 to William and Maybelle Cogley. After graduating high school in Allentown, Pennsylvania, he attended Muskingum College In New Concord, Ohio. Bruce was married to Hope Mitchell and they had two children, Donald and Patricia. In 1948, Donald Bruce became a news commentator for WIRE radio station in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was later promoted to program director and eventually rose to the position of business manager at WIRE. In 1960, Bruce was elected to the United States Congress as a Republican representing the 11th district of Indianapolis. After two terms in Congress, Donald Bruce served as Chairman of the Speakers Bureau for the Republican National Committee during the 1964 Presidential Campaign. After the elections, Bruce was appointed National Chairman of the American Conservative Union. He resigned in 1965 to accept the chairmanship of Newscope, Inc. While in Congress, Bruce served four years on the House Education and Labor Committee, and was a member of the House Committee on Un-American Activities. This committee was devoted to gaining first-hand information on the strategy and tactics of Communist and other militant groups. This information was later used in the production of Newscope's first major film, "While Brave Men Die..."Donald Bruce was a member of many Indianapolis organizations including: Downtown Optimist Club, Downtown Lions Club, Indianapolis Press Club, Honorary Member of National Exchange Club, Board of Director for the Salvation Army, Board of Management for the Central Branch of the YMCA, and Indiana Multiple Sclerosis Society Board. He and his family were also members of the Trinity Lutheran Church.Bruce was the recipient of the following awards: American Legion, Department of Indiana -- American Citation; Indianapolis Junior Chamber of Commerce -- Outstanding Young Man of the Year, Distinguished Service Award; DAR -- Americanism Citation; VFW, Department of Indiana -- Public Service Award; Broad Ripple American Legion Post -- Public Service Citation; American Legion Auxiliary -- Americanism Citation; Lions Club -- Man of the Year; Hi-Twelve Club -- Man on the Month; Sertoma Club -- Public Citizenship Citation; and the National Exchange Club's Book of Golden Deeds. Donald Cogley Bruce died on August 31, 1969 at the age of 48 in Round Hill, Virginia. He was buried in Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery in Bluemont, Virginia.Sources:Items in the "Bruce, Donald C." Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-Present. Accessed July 10, 2015.
Ownership and Custodial History:
This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Hope Bruce in 1979.
Accumulation and Frequency of Use Note:
No further additions are expected.
Subject: Hoover, J. Edgar (John Edgar), 1895-1972.
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973.
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963.
Márquez Sterling, Carlos, 1898-1991.
Oswald, Lee Harvey.
Spreti, Karl, Graf von, 1907-1970.
Tshombe, Moïse.
Wilkins, Roy, 1901-1981.
United States. Congress. House.
United States. Congress. House. Committee on Education and Labor.
United States. Congress. House. Committee on Un-American Activities.
United States. Federal Communications Commission.
United States. Federal Trade Commission.
African American civil rights workers.
Assassination > United States > History > 20th century.
Civil rights > Indiana.
Cold War.
Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962.
Developmental disabilities.
Indiana > Politics and government > 20th century.
Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (1963)
Political campaigns > 20th century.
Campaign literature > Specimens.
Indianapolis (Ind.)
Katanga (Congo)
Soviet Union.
Genre: Clippings.
Press releases.
Albums (Books)
Sound recordings.

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