Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Local History Photograph Album Collection now available in the Digital Media Repository!

Our latest digitized collection provides researchers with an opportunity to visualize Muncie’s past from individuals who helped define what our city is today. The Local History Photograph Album Collection features a leather bound album, including over 60 photographs of prominent Delaware County men ranging from circa 1850-1920. This one-of-a-kind digital collection also includes signatures for over half of the men.

A. Gage Arrasmith

A. Gage Arrasmith was a leading portrait photographer in Muncie around the turn of the 19th century and into the 20th century. His keen eye for detail led him to great success in East Central Indiana. Portrait photography was his primary focus and can be found throughout the Digital Media Repository. Arrasmith was born on February 17, 1859 and passed away on December 13, 1934.   
Frank Ellis

Frank Ellis served as Judge of the 46th Judicial Circuit Court in Muncie from 1910 to 1916. Ellis was elected County Treasurer in 1864, served as a City Council member, City Attorney, and Mayor of Muncie during 1883 to 1891. He was born on February 12, 1842 and died March 6, 1919.

Jesse G. White

Jesse G. White was superintendent of Beech Grove Cemetery from 1919 to 1942 during which many improvements took place at the gothic-inspired cemetery. He was involved with the Muncie Police Department for 12 years where he was elected the Delaware County sheriff in 1912 and acted as such until 1916. He was born February 6, 1865 and died August 12, 1942. 

Identified in this blog post are only a few of Muncie’s past, prominent men. This digital collection will continue to grow and include several photograph albums from the Stoeckel Archives of Local History photograph collection. For more information, contact Archives and Special Collections at 765-285-5078 or

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