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Richard W. Burkhardt papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RG-04-01-01

Scope and Contents

The materials in this collection reflect the professional duties and activities of Richard W Burkhardt during his time as a member of Ball State University’s faculty and administration as well as from earlier and later periods in his life. The Richard W. Burkhardt Papers contains correspondence as well as files kept documenting the activities of Ball State faculty members as well as files documenting various administrative subjects. The collection also includes documentation of Burkhardt’s scholarship as well as prominent scholarship of other Ball State faculty members. Burkhardt’s personal files include speeches delivered, awards received, and personal calendars and planners. Also included are records related to Burkhardt’s involvement in and correspondence with various higher education, community, and University organizations. Burkhardt’s teaching files include curriculum materials pertaining to Ball State University and Syracuse University.


  • 1940-2003

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Biographical Note / Historical Note / Administrative History

Richard W Burkhardt received his undergraduate degree from Knox College (1939) and his AM (1940), AMT (1942), and Ed.D. (1945) from Harvard. Prior to coming to Ball State in 1952, Burkhardt served seven years as a professor of Education and Social Sciences at Syracuse University’s Maxwell Graduate School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He came to Ball State to serve as dean of the Teachers College and as a professor of History. When Ball State was named a university in 1965, Burkhardt became the Vice President for Instructional Affairs and Dean of Faculties. He went on to serve as Acting President of Ball State University from September 1, 1978 to June 30, 1979. After the new president was selected, Burkhardt was named Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs from September 1979 to February 1980. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Althea Stoeckel Delaware County Archives and the London Centre Program. Richard Burkhardt received an honorary Doctorate of Law from Ball State University in 1984 and retired in 1985.


34 Cubic Feet (44 Boxes)

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Arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Correspondence, 1943-1983

Series 2: Subject Files, 1939-1979

Series 3: Faculty Files, undated

Series 4: Additions, 1941-1987

Series 5: Research Materials and Publications, 1942-2006 (addition)

Series 6: Personal Files, 1945-1992 (addition)

Series 7: Organizations documents, 1946-2006 (addition)

Series 8: Correspondence, 1945-2006 (addition)

Series 9: Teaching files, 1946-1994 (addition)

Series 10: Ball State University and Local historical documents, 1963-2000 (addition)

Series 11: Ball State University administrative documents, 1952-1983 (addition)

Series 12: Multimedia materials, 1955-2005 (addition)

Related Archival Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries, Muncie IN:

RG.03.01.12: Richard W. Burkhardt memoranda

Processing Information

EAD finding aid created 2011/06/30 by Brian Grover. Additions processing completed 2013/12/05 by Ben Richardson.

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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