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Lawrence Hurst papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RG-04-01-03

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a series of seventeen volumes of Lawrence Hurst's diary as well as a series of works and publications created or collected by Hurst. The multi-volume diary spans from 1910 to 1970. The works and publications series includes a folder of newspaper clippings of material about or written by Hurst, several scholarly articles authored by Hurst, and a copy of his autobiographical work 61 Years in the School Room published in 1952.


  • 1910-1973

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical Note / Historical Note / Administrative History

Lawrence W. Hurst was born on April 4, 1883 in Marshall, Illinois to Harvey and Elizabeth Griffith Hurst. In 1903, Hurst began his career as an educator, working as a teacher at Possom Ridge Grammar School until 1906. In 1908, he earned a diploma from Indiana State Normal School (now known as Indiana State University) in Terre Haute, Indiana, and would later earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University in 1910 and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1914.

During the 1910’s, Hurst worked as an educator in both the public school system and at the college level. In 1918, Hurst married Mabel Drake, an art teacher, in Springfield, Illinois. From 1919-1926, Hurst served as the head of the social sciences department at The Stout Institute (now known as the University of Wisconsin-Stout) in Menomonie, Wisconsin.

In 1927, Hurst accepted an associate professorship at Ball State in the social sciences department, and would serve in the capacity until his retirement in 1950. During his tenure at Ball State, Hurst became a well-known figure amongst the student body, drawing comparisons to “Mr. Chips,” a reference to the title character of the James Hilton novel Goodbye, Mr. Chips. Hurst was active in many local organizations, including the Indiana Historical Society, the Indiana Academy of Social Science, and the Muncie Kiwanis Club.

In 1952, after retirement, Lawrence Hurst published the autobiographical 61 Years in the School Room, documenting his life as a student and educator. The Mysch/Hurst hall in Ball State’s LaFollette Complex is named in his honor. Hurst died on October 4, 1975 at the age of 92.


2 Cubic Feet (2 Boxes)

Language of Materials



Arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Diary

Series 2: Works and Publications

Items are arranged chronologically within each series.


Further additions are expected.

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.04.02.01: Ball State University Faculty records and photographs

Processing Information

EAD finding aid created 2011/04/18 by Michael Szajewski.

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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