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Joseph Trimmer collection

Identifier: RG-04-01-49

Scope and Contents

This collection includes audio and video recordings of teaching materials and presentations from Joseph Trimmer on audio reels, audio cassettes, VHS recordings, and DVDs. It also includes photographic slides from presentations on the Harlem Renaissance and James Dean as well as several doctoral dissertations which were written with Joseph Trimmer as advisor or committee chairperson. These materials span from 1970 to 2003.


  • Creation: 1970-2003

Language of Materials

Materials in English and Spanish.

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

Joseph Trimmer is a retired Ball State University professor of English. He earned a bachelor's degree in English from Colgate University in 1963 before attending Purdue University for a master's degree in English in 1966 and a Ph.D. in American Literature in 1968. After earning his Ph.D., Trimmer was hired as an assistant professor of English at Ball State University in 1968 until his promotion to associate professor in 1972. In 1978 Trimmer was promoted to full professor, a position he held until his retirement in 2014. During his career, Trimmer published several articles and books including Writing With A Purpose, a writing textbook in its fourteenth edition. From 2000-2014, he served as the director of the Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry which offers Ball State University students a unique learning experience through interdisciplinary, immersive seminars. In 2008, Ball State University established the Joe and Carol Trimmer Awards for Outstanding Senior Honors Thesis or Project. Joseph Trimmer retired from Ball State University in May of 2014.


5 boxes (3.2 cubic feet)


This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Doctoral dissertations, 1973-2006

Series 2: Audio recordings, 1970-2003

Series 3: Video recordings, 1979-2001

Series 4: Photographic slides, 1970-1992

Series 5: Personal and professional papers, 1997-2002

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/06/24 by Ryan Frick.

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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