Biography of William Fortune1986ohrc024

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

Finding aid created by: 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: Biography: William Fortune
Dates: 1986
Quantity: 2 interviewsAudio files, transcripts, and collateral materials
Abstract: The central focus of this project is the life of William Fortune, who lived from 1863 to 1942. Interviewees are the daughters of Indiana businessman William Fortune, a friend and father-in-law of Eli Lilly. They tell about their life in Indianapolis at the turn of the century and offer recollections of associations with famous people like the Lillys and James Whitcomb Riley.
Location: Interviews are housed in Franklin Hall, Room 0030B. Copies of interview transcripts are also held by the IU Libraries University Archives. Contact for more information. 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

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains two interviews, lasting 2 hours and 125 minutes respectively. The interviews consist of audio cassettes, typed transcriptions, and 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.

Table of Contents

86-019 Bartlett, Evelyn Fortune September 5, 1986
CreatorMadison, James H. 29 pages; 2 audio cassettes, 1 7/8 ips, 2 hours; index; photograph of interviewee
Access Status
Scope and Content Note
Evelyn Fortune Bartlett, born in September 1886, reminisces about her childhood and the role her father played in her life. She tells about her father's childhood as well. Bartlett talks about her marriage to Eli Lilly as well as her father's reaction when the marriage ended. She tells about her father's involvement in various philanthropic, civic, and social organizations in Indianapolis through the years. She also talks about her father's travels in the United States and around the world.
86-018 Elder, Madeline Fortune June 24, 1986 September 9, 1986
CreatorMadison, James H. 48 pages; 3 audio cassettes, 1 7/8 ips, 125 minutes; index
Access Status
Scope and Content Note
Madeline Fortune Elder, daughter of businessman,William Fortune, tells about her father. She reminisces about growing up with extended family members who her father was helping to support and who helped with the management of the Fortune household after the death of Mrs. Fortune. She tells about her father's civic involvement in Indianapolis and the many friends her father had. She also tells about Woodruff Place where her parents' home was located, and all the activities that occurred there over the year, the people who came to visit them, and her father's personality.