Autobiography: Edward O. Craft 1978

A Guide to the Collection of Oral History Interviews at Indiana University Bloomington

Finding aid prepared by the staff of the Center for the Study of History and Memory with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Preservation and Access, 2000-2002

Creator: Indiana University Center for Documentary Research and Practice
Title: Autobiography: Edward O. Craft
Collection No.: ohrc005
Dates: 1978

Quantity: 1 Interview

(Audio files, transcripts, and collateral materials )
Abstract: Edward O. Craft, former senior legislative counsel to the House of Representatives, recounts his early life, education, work in Washington, DC, and his retirement into private practice as a partner in the law firm of Wickham, Craft & Cihlar.
Location: Interviews are housed in Franklin Hall, Room 0030A. Contact for more information. Copies of interview transcripts are also held by the IU Libraries University Archives. For other locations housing the interviews from this project, please contact the Center for Documentary Research and Practice office.
Language: Materials are in English
Repository: Center for Documentary Research and Practice
Franklin Hall 0030B
601 E. Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47405
Business Number: 812-855-2856

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains one interview, lasting 120 minutes. The interview consists of one reel and a typed transcript, as well as collateral materials.


Usage Restrictions:

The archive of the Center for Documentary Research and Practice at Indiana University is open to the use of researchers. Copies of transcript pages are available only when such copies are permitted by the deed of gift. Scholars must honor any restrictions the interviewee placed on the use of the interview. Since some of our earlier (pre-computer) transcripts do not exist in final form, any editing marks in a transcript (deletions, additions, corrections) are to be quoted as marked. Audio files may not be copied for patrons unless the deed of gift permits it, and a transcript is unavailable for that interview. The same rules of use that apply to a transcript apply to the audio interview. Interviews may not be reproduced in full for any public use, but excerpted quotes may be used as long as researchers fully cite the data in their research, including accession number, interview date, interviewee's and interviewer's name, and page(s).

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[interviewee first name last name] interview, by [interviewer first name last name], [interview date(s)], [call number], [project name], Center for Documentary Research and Practice, Indiana University, Bloomington, [page number(s) or tape number and side if no transcript; if digital audio and no transcript, cite time when quote occurs].

Acquisition Information

Oral history interviews conducted by the Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memory from 1968 to the present, with particular focus on the history of twentieth-century America and the Midwest.

Collection Inventory

Craft, Edward O. , March 25, 1978

No(s): 78-016

Physical Description: emph: Congressional Directory

Physical Description: emph: House Congressional Record

Scope and Content Note: Edward O. Craft discusses the function and structure of the legislative counsel and some of the projects he worked on while in Washington, DC, including the massive tax restructuring of 1954. He also mentions some of the people he worked with in Washington, DC, including presidents Nixon and Carter. The interview ends with Craft discussing his resignation from the legislative counsel and his retirement into private practice as a partner in the law firm of Wickham, Craft & Cihlar, based in Washington, DC.

Biographical / Historical: Edward O. Craft, born in La Porte County, Indiana, on November 13, 1916 and died in Bloomington, Indiana, on March 10, 1999, speaks of his life history. He was born on a farm in La Porte County, Kingsbury, Indiana and attended school in La Porte. In the late nineteen thirties Craft attended Indiana University in Bloomington and graduated from the Indiana University School of Law. He first worked in Evansville with a law firm, but was quickly recommended for a post with the legislative counsel to the House of Representatives. After moving to Washington, DC, he moved through the ranks in the counsel's office to become the senior legislative counsel from 1962 - 1972.

Indexed Terms:

  • Occupations:
    • attorney
  • Places:
    • Bloomington, Indiana
    • Kingsbury, Indiana
    • La Porte County, Indiana
    • Washington, DC
  • Subjects:
    • farming practices
    • law school
    • legislative drafting
    • Marshall Plan
    • tax legislation
    • World War II
  • Corporate Bodies:
    • House Ways and Means Committee
    • Indiana University
    • Indiana University School of Law
    • United States House of Representatives
  • People:
    • Carter, James Earl, Jr.
    • Gavit, Bernard Campbell
    • Halleck, Charles A.
    • Johnson, Lyndon Baines
    • Kahn, Isadore
    • Nixon, Richard Milhous
    • Perley, Allen

Access Status: Open