The Marsh and Ryan family photograph digital collection includes over 400 photographs documenting the prominent J. W. Ryan and J. R. Marsh families within Muncie, Indiana from circa 1849-1980, predominately 1890-1920.
|P.021-0596, J. W. Ryan and Thomas L. Ryan, circa 1870-1880|
Ryan married Lida A. Jenkins at an unknown date and location. Lida was a recognized musician and artist regionally. During the late 1860s, the couple moved to Muncie from the Winamac, Indiana area. J. W. and Lida resided at 603 East Jackson Street in Muncie. They had four children, two daughters, Susan D. and Mildred V., and two sons, Thomas L. and Walter S. Ryan. At the age of 52, Lida died on August 24, 1893. In 1902, J. W. Ryan completed a story about his late wife entitled, "A Story of the Life and Character of Lida A. Ryan, 1841-1893." J. W. Ryan passed away on September 23, 1919.
|P.021-0139, Susan and Rodney Marsh, 1893/05/14|
J. R. Marsh was the son of a notable banker, John Marsh. After his marriage to Susan, he took up candid photography as a hobby. In Muncie, his photography detailed interiors and exteriors, families, street scenes, and picnics. The Marsh and Ryan family photograph collection is made possible through the work of John Rollin Marsh's photography.
J. R. Marsh and the Kimbrough family became founders of the Indiana Bridge Company in Muncie. J.R. was employed with the company for over 50 years as chief engineer, director, secretary, and treasurer, 1887-1947. He was also active in the community serving on several committees and boards.
Susan Marsh was a prominent artist, clubwoman and civic worker for over 50 years within the Muncie community. She was a founder of the Muncie Branch of the National League of American Pen Women, the Muncie Art Association, and the Matinee Musicale. She was also one of the first members of the Art Students League. As past president of the Pegasus Poetry Club, she furthered the work of the organization as well as the membership of the Woman's Club. At the age of 94, Susan died on December 12, 1959. J. R. and Susan Marsh's three children, Mildred, Rodney, and Carleton Marsh are heavily documented within this photograph collection.
|P.021-0220, Mildred Beatty, Ross J. Beatty, and Mildred Marsh at |
hotel in Natchez Mississippi, 1895/04/10
|P.021-0478, Thomas L. Ryan studying the painting "Christ before Pilate" |
painted by Susan Ryan Marsh, 1950/04/06
Ryan was heavily involved with civic engagements, including the Muncie Artists Association, Pegasus Poetry Club, Muncie Commercial Club, Delaware Country Club, the Indiana Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and was president of the Muncie Bar Association until 1940. Thomas passed away on December 27, 1962.
|P.021-0526, Walter Scott Ryan, circa 1890-1909|
This digital collection will continue to grow and include correspondence from the family ranging from 1843-1902.
For more information, contact Archives and Special Collections at 765-285-5078 or firstname.lastname@example.org.