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Ball State University Board of Trustees agenda

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RG-02-01-01

Scope and Contents

This collection includes agenda of Ball State University administration and operations from 1923 to 1988.


  • Creation: 1923 - 1988

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Ball State University, Muncie, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Archives and Special Collections.

Historical Note

In 1917, the Indiana General Assembly passed legislation permitting state educational institutions to receive private gifts, and after a generous donation from the Ball family and six months of negotiations, the Board of Trustees of the Indiana State Normal School in Terre Haute accepted the Ball brothers offer of their school property in Muncie on April 4, 1918. Acceptance of the property in Muncie, Indiana prompted the April 14, 1918 renaming of the college as the Eastern Division of the Indiana State Normal School (1865-1929).

The Eastern Division of the Indiana State Normal School in Muncie, Indiana was governed by the Indiana State Normal School Board of Trustees. Until 1961, the Indiana State Teachers College (1929-1965) Board of Trustees governed Ball State Teachers College (1929-1965). The Ball State Teachers College Board of Trustees was formed in 1961, and upon the schools recognition as Ball State University in 1965, the Ball State University Board of Trustees has been responsible for the administration of Muncie's college.

The nine members of the Ball State University Board of Trustees are appointed by the governor of Indiana. The members include two Ball State University alumni, one full-time student, and six members appointed at large. Appointees serve four year terms.

The Board's duties are to:

manage, control, and operate Ball State

borrow money, issue bonds, and let contracts

prescribe conditions for admission

grant degrees and issue diplomas or certificates

set fees, charges, fines, and penalties

define the duties of and provide compensation for faculty and staff of the university

receive and administer all donations, bequests, grants, funds, and property that are given or provided to the University

possess all the powers in order to effectively operate the affairs of Ball State University


12 Cubic Feet (40 Boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a records transfer.


No additions expected.


  • White, Glenn. 1967. The Ball State Story: From Normal Institute to University. Muncie Indiana: Ball State University.
  • Edmonds, Anthony O. and E. Bruce Geelhoed. 2001. Ball State University: An Interpretive History. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
  • Ball State University Board of Trustees. "Board of Trustees." Ball State University. (accessed February 20, 2009).

Processing Information

Finding aid created 2009/01/14 by Lauren Holditch. EAD finding aid completed by Carolyn F. Runyon.

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Repository Details

Part of the Ball State University Archives Repository

Alexander M. Bracken Library
2000 W. University Avenue
Muncie Indiana 47306 USA