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Joseph Indio was born in St. Michael, Azores, and went to school in New Bedford, Mass. He worked as a reporter in New Bedford until joining the U.S. Army in 1943. During his service, he was in charge of the Army Intelligence Service. After his military service, Indio married Constance E. Heighton, and started the Town Crier and Nantucket Holiday with her. They sold them to the owner and publisher of The Inquirer and Mirror. Five years later, he pass away of a brief illness. The Joseph Indio Photographic Collection consists of photographs by and taken of journalist Joseph Indio over the course of his life. Formats include prints and photographs that largely depict his life outside of Nantucket, family and friends, and military service as well as Nantucket scenes. Included are photos of former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and the SS United States. The collection is dated from the 1940s to his death in 1968.
- Collection Number:
- Joseph Indio Photographic Collection
- Indio, Joseph, 1911-1968.
- Nantucket Historical Association
- Material is in English.
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Preferred Citation: [identification of item], in the Joseph Indio Photographic Collection, Nantucket Historical Association.
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- MS424 Joseph Indio Papers, 1911-1968, Nantucket Historical Association
- Indio, Constance E. Heighton, 1918–2006.
- Indio, Joseph, 1911–1968.
- Nantucket Island (Mass.) -- Photographs.
- United States. Navy -- History -- Photographs.
- United States. Army -- History -- Photographs.
- Military intelligence -- United States -- History -- Photographs.
Joseph Indio was born on 22 September 1911 in St. Michael, Azores. After graduating from New Bedford High School, he became a reporter at the New Bedford Times and Morning Mercury (later known as the Standard-Times). In 1932, he was assigned to Nantucket. He worked for the Standard-Times until 1942, when he accepted a position with the United Press International as its political reporter at the State House in Boston, Mass. The following year, he left the United Press International to join the U.S. Army from 1943-1946. During that time, he was a special agent in charge of the Army Intelligence Service in Boston.
In 1947, Indio and his wife Constance E. (Heighton) Indio established a newspaper on Nantucket called the Town Crier. At the same time, they started printing a magazine called the Nantucket Holiday. Both businesses lasted for 16 years until they were bought by George W. Morgan, owner and publisher of The Inquirer and Mirror. After selling the Town Crier and Nantucket Holiday, he began writing a book about “Country Journalism.”
In 1966, he entered the public relations field and was the first public relations director at Southeastern Massachusetts Technological Institute, now the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, until June of 1967. Before his death, he obtained a real estate broker’s license and planned on entering the field.
Indio died after a brief illness in New Bedford, Mass., in 1968.
Scope and Content
This collection consists of photographs by and taken of journalist Joseph Indio over the course of his life. Formats include prints and photographs that largely depict his life outside of Nantucket, family and friends, and military service as well as Nantucket scenes. Included are photos of former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and the SS United States. The collection is dated from the 1940s to his death in 1968.
Box 1, Folder 1 Army Intelligence Service, 1943-1946
Predominantly photos of Indio with the Army Intelligence
Box 1, Folder 2 Beach Scenes, 1950s
Box 1, Folder 3 Family and friends, 1940s-1960s
Includes photographs of Constance Indio.
Box 1, Folder 4 Joseph Indio, 1940s-1968
Predominately portraits of Joseph Indio.
Box 1, Folder 5 Nantucket Scenes, 1940s-1950s
Includes Brant Point Lighthouse, the Moby Dick Inn, the
Atheneum, and scenes in Town.
Box 1, Folder 6 Official Navy Photos, 1950s
Box 1, Folder 7 Portraits, 1940s-1950s
Processed by Grace Valley in July 2019.
Finding aid created by Grace Valley, July 2019 with additional description by Amelia Holmes, July 2019.