Wednesday, February 07, 2007


January Processed Collections

MSS 142 / R 1 / V 214 – William J. Nye Collection, 1919-1981, 2 boxes; 0.8 cu. ft.

William J. Nye, a reference librarian for more than 24 years at the Ball State University Libraries, was born in Keokuk, Iowa. After graduating from Keokuk High School in 1944, Mr. Nye served in the U.S. Army from 1944-1947. He received his college degree from Carthage College in Illinois and came to Muncie in 1964. Mr. Nye also attended Central Lutheran Theological Seminary in Fremont, Nebraska, and served as a United Lutheran minister for several years. Mr. Nye retired from his library position in 1987 and died August 26, 1992.

MSS 213 / OVB 213 /R 213 / V 213 / EF 213 / PSC 220 / POVA 213 / PN 213 / S 213 -
Dr. W. Phillip Ball Papers, 1930-2006, 25 Boxes; 11 cu. ft.

Dr. W. Philip Ball was born in Muncie, Indiana in 1919 to Dr. Clay A. Ball and Mrs. Helen Mauk Ball. Dr. Ball is a member of the original Muncie Ball family that came to the area in the 1830s. He graduated from Muncie Central High School in 1936, studied at Ball State Teachers College, earned his A.B. (1940) and M.D. (1942) degrees from Indiana University. He then interned at Cook County Hospital in Chicago (1943), and had specialty training in internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic where he earned a Master of Science in Medicine from the University of Minnesota (1948-1951). He practiced medicine for forty-three years in Muncie, Indiana, and later taught internal medicine residents and medical students at Ball Memorial Hospital. In 1992, the Indiana Chapter of the American College of Physicians named him Internist Laureate. Dr. Ball served in the Navy as a medical officer during World War II.

In 1970, Dr. Ball gave testimony to the U.S. Senate hearing on the problems of the birth control pill. His testimony was broadcast and printed around the world. These hearings led to new FDA regulations regarding the pill. In addition to his medical career, Dr. Ball has also been a published writer for more than fifty years. Dr. Ball is married to Esther Ebrite Ball, who is a retired schoolteacher and worked with the cryptographic division of the FBI and with the Military Intelligence during World War II. They have three children.

MSS 33 / R 5 / OVB 1 / POVC 4 - Black Muncie History Project Records, 1880-1978; 5 boxes; 1.6 cu. ft.

The idea for the Black Muncie History Project was conceived by Hurley Goodall, who wanted the story of black Muncie to be told so that blacks could have information about their heritage, and also for the sake of making the white population aware of the black culture. Goodall, one of the first two blacks hired by the Muncie Fire Department and the first black to be elected to the Muncie Community School Board, had earned the right to be heard by the people of Muncie. He made his request for a grant to the Muncie Human Rights Commission in February of 1971 and his request was granted in July 1971.

Goodall approached the Ball State University Department of History for help in working on this project. The head of that department talked to Dr. J. Paul Mitchell who was then teaching courses in black history. Mitchell agreed to work with Goodall on the project, and the two of them, without much information about how to do oral histories, began interviewing the older individuals within the Muncie black community. There was a sense of urgency with which this project was begun because of a concern that many of these older individuals were dying. It appears as though this concern was valid since, by 1976, more than one quarter of the people who were interviewed had died.

In addition to interviews conducted by Goodall and Mitchell, a few graduate students in the Department of History also interviewed some of these older people. In an effort to further help with the project, the Department of History provided Mitchell with a student secretary for the typing of transcripts of the taped interviews. As the culmination of this research project, Mitchell and Goodall published “A History of Negroes in Muncie” in 1976.

RG 4/1/22; UAP 5; UAV 0580 - 0587; UAR 5230 – 5247 - Louis E. Ingelhart Papers, 1926-2007; 11 boxes (7.5 cu. ft.)

In 1940, Louis E. Ingelhart received his A.A degree from Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado. Two years later he graduated from Colorado Northern University where he received his A.B. in Literature and Languages. After serving in the Army during World War II, Ingelhart resumed his studies and received his M.A. from Colorado Northern University in 1947 and his PhD from the University of Missouri, School of Journalism, in Columbia, Missouri in 1953. He held numerous teaching positions throughout the Midwest, and began teaching at Ball State Teachers College in 1953. From 1973 to 1979 he was appointed Chairman of the Department of Journalism. Throughout his career he was very active in promoting First Amendment constitutionally-guaranteed freedoms for the press and wrote numerous books and articles on the subject. After retiring in 1983, Ingelhart was named Professor Emeritus of Journalism as well as Director Emeritus of Student Publications at Ball State University. He served as a member of several professional journalism organizations. Ingelhart passed away January 7, 2007.

National Association for Interpretation, Great Lakes Region Records, 1959 - (formerly Association for Interpretive Naturalists) / PN222 / S 222; 16 boxes: 9.9 cu. ft.

In 1961, the Association of Interpretive Naturalists formed to serve those interested in interpretive programs in parks, zoos, nature centers, historic sites, museums, and aquaria. Due to expansion in attendance, 1961 was also the last year workshops were held at Bradford Woods. Under the Association of Interpretive Naturalists, the area including Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, and Wisconsin, became the Great Lakes Region in 1968. In 1978, Region IX, the Michiana region, was formed from Indiana and Michigan and lasted until 1987. The National Association for Interpretation was created in 1988 by combining the Association of Interpretive Naturalists, and its western counterpart the Western Interpreters Association. Region IV, the Great Lakes Region, includes Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Ontario and contained 500 members in 2003. In 2003, the N.A.I. had 4,500 members in the United States, Canada, and thirty other countries.

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