Wednesday, March 07, 2007


Recent Proccessed Collections

MSS 259 - Burris Class of 1951 Archives, 1 box; 0.2 cu. ft.

Fifty-two Burris Laboratory School seniors graduated on June 6, 1951. The Class of ’51 has held regular reunions since its graduation, including a 50th reunion in 2001. The collection contains a 35th reunion letter from President Ronald Reagan (1986), a 50th reunion letter from President George H.W. Bush (2001), and a 50th reunion book honoring the class’s golden anniversary.

MSS 258 / OVA 258 / V 258 / PSC 300 - AARP # 1749 Muncie Chapter [American Association of Retired Persons], 1973-2003, 4 boxes; 2.6 cu. ft.

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) was founded in 1958 by Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, a retired high school principal. AARP was originally named the National Retired Teachers Association and was formed because of the lack of health insurance provided for retired teachers at that time. The mission of the AARP is: “AARP is dedicated to enhancing quality of life for all as we age. We lead positive social change and deliver value to members through information, advocacy and service.”

This collection contains records of AARP #1749 Muncie Chapter including meeting minutes, membership lists, newsletters, and financial records as well as AARP’s standing rules and bylaws. The collection has a scrapbook and also some artifacts both from the Muncie Chapter and the national organization.

MSS 260 - Muncie Photographers Index, 1 box; 0.2 cu. ft.

This card index of photographers in Muncie was created by an Archives student assistant. The creation date is unknown. The index lists professional photographers in Muncie from the late-19th through the mid-20th century. Information includes photographers’ names, business addresses, and biographical information (when available). Information is drawn in part from Muncie City Directories. Photographers whose photographs are held by Archives and Special Collections are noted.

MSS 193 - Grace Arthur Collection, 1926-1932, 1 box; 0.2 cu. ft.

Grace Marguerite Arthur attended Muncie Central High School, graduating in 1927. She was active in a variety of school activities and was a member of several organizations, including the Violet Club, English Club, Dramatic Club, French Club, Cicero Club, Girls Pep Club, A.F.C., and T.P.C. She was also a member of Delta Sigma sorority. After graduating from high school, she attended Ball State Teachers College, where she was a member of Alpha sorority. She received her B.A. in English and Social Science in 1932.

The collection consists of Grace Arthur’s school memory book covering her school years from 1926 through 1932. The book contains snapshots, new clippings, invitations and place cards, programs, autographs, and other school-related memorabilia.

MSS 141 / OVA 50 / F 31, Delaware County Tuberculosis Association, 1918-1991, 9 boxes; 7 cu. ft.

The Delaware County Tuberculosis Association (D.C.T.A.) Began in 1919 largely through the efforts of Mrs. Elem Whiteley and the State Tuberculosis Association. Three years later, the Association incorporated because it was decided that the efforts of association members could no longer be sustained on a purely voluntary basis. Over the years, the D.C.T.A. has expanded its scope to include not only the causes of tuberculosis but also other chest diseases, humanitarian visits to crippled children, and general improvement of health practices within Delaware County. The Delaware County Tuberculosis association continues its efforts today helping with testing and education but also treatment when needed. It played an integral part in reducing the number of tuberculosis cases as well as elevating the general level of education about infectious diseases in Delaware County.

The collection consists of files relating to the operation of the D.C.T.A. from 1918 to 1991. This includes annual reports, short histories, scrapbooks, statistical reports on tuberculosis in Delaware County, photographs, articles of incorporation, Christmas Seals sales, relations with other Delaware County organizations, policy, employment practices, and various programs. OVA 50 consists of the 1922 Certificate of Incorporation and a 1987 Proclamation of “TB Awareness Week.”

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. As the culmination of this research project, Mitchell and Goodall published “A History of Negroes in Muncie” in 1976.

The collection focuses on information related to the history of blacks in Muncie. This information was gathered through interviews with blacks who had lived in Muncie in the early 1900s and from pamphlets, newspapers and other materials related to various organizations and activities which were centered on the black community.

The PROJECT FILES series contains material related to the research project including the proposal prepared for the Human Rights Commission by Dwight Hoover. J. Paul Mitchell and Raymond White of Ball State University’s Department of History, suggested questions to be used in interviews, grant information, and correspondence dealing with the study. Also included in this series is the publication, “A History of Negroes in Muncie” by Hurley Goodall and J. Paul Mitchell.

Correspondence, reports and clippings dealing with programs and organizations sponsored by or for the black community, comprise a large part of the SUBJECT FILES. Transcripts, summaries, and audio recordings are sub-series within the INTERVIEWS series. These interviews of blacks who lived in Muncie during the early years were conducted by Hurley Goodall and J. Paul Mitchell with the aid of graduate students from Ball State University’s Department of History. In 2006-2007, the original transcripts were retyped and edited for inclusion in the Ball State University Libraries’ Digital Media Repository. Copies of these edited transcripts are also included within the INTERVIEWS series.

Within the final series, OVERSIZE, are housed materials such as photographs, old newspapers, maps, and calendars, which were produced between the 1920s and 1940s which depict various aspects of life in the Muncie black community at that time.

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