Thursday, August 16, 2012

Delaware County Fraternal Orders Collection now available in the Digital Media Repository



The newest collection available in the Ball State University Digital Media Repository provides a glimpse into the history and activities of the Free and Accepted Masons, Knights of Pythias, Knights Templar, Odd Fellows, and Red Men orders in Muncie and Delaware County, Indiana from 1846-1931. The pamphlets and publications included in the Delaware County Fraternal Orders Collection document membership, governance, significant events, and publications of the local lodges of these fraternal orders and their national organizations.


The history of fraternal orders in Delaware County began in the fall of 1842 when a number of Masons met and petitioned the Grand Lodge of the State of Indiana for recognition as Delaware Lodge No. 46. The second oldest lodge in Delaware County, the Odd Fellows Muncie Lodge No. 74, was organized seven years later on November 9, 1849 in a building on Main Street. Another popular lodge of the period was the Knights of Pythias, who organized Welcome Lodge No. 37 on August 14, 1873 in the Odd Fellows Hall on Main Street. The first wigwam of the Red Men was instituted August 26, 1873. Meetings were held in the Wysor Grand Opera House hall for about six years and in 1879, the order took up quarters on the east side of Walnut Street, just north of Jackson Street.

This digital collection will be of interest to members of fraternal orders, genealogists, and researchers interested in the history of fraternal orders and voluntary organizations in the United States. This online collection draws material from the Fraternal Orders collection in Archives and Special Collections at Ball State University.

For more information about the history of fraternal orders or other voluntary organizations in Muncie and Delaware County, contact Archives and Special Collections at 765-285-5078 or libarchives@bsu.edu.

Thursday, August 09, 2012

The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County Digital Collection now available in the Digital Media Repository!

The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County digital collection provides online access to newsletters, meeting minutes, annual reports, news releases, brochures and correspondence regarding their philanthropy work in the community ranging from 1985-2012.

This digital collection will continue to grow and include meeting minutes, annual reports, news releases, brochures, and correspondence ranging from 1985-2012.

The mission of The Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County, Inc. is to encourage philanthropy, assist donors in building an enduring source of charitable assets and exercise leadership in directing resources to enhance the quality of life of the residents of Muncie and Delaware County, Indiana. It was established in 1985 as the result of a challenge from the Ball Foundation and Ball family members. Today, the Foundation continues to grow as a vital philanthropic partner in the community providing a range of services in Muncie and throughout Delaware County.

For more information, contact Archives and Special Collections at libarchives@bsu.edu or 765-285-5078.