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Eastern Indiana Normal University records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA-053

Scope and Contents

This collection contains documents and photographs pertaining to the history of Eastern Indiana Normal University and founder and first president F. A. Z. Kumler and his wife Mattie Bender Kumler. Materials in this collection range in date from the 1860s to 1956. The bulk of materials pertaining to Eastern Indiana Normal University date from 1896 to 1901.


  • Creation: circa 1860s-1956

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Ball State University Libraries make every reasonable effort to provide accurate information regarding the copyright status of materials held by Archives and Special Collections. Patrons may scan items or request a reproduction of one or more items in the collection; however, it is the responsibility of the patron to evaluate whether or not the intended use complies with copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

The institution currently known as Ball State University was originally founded in 1899 as the Eastern Indiana Normal University under the guidance of F. A. Z. Kumler and the Eastern Indiana Normal University Association. The first building on the campus, now known as the Administration Building, was built on a budget of $33,000 and dedicated on August 28, 1899. On September 24, 1901, President F. A. Z. Kumler made the decision to close the school due to a lack of funding. The school opened a year later as Palmer University with funding from retired Indiana banker Francis Palmer.


1.2 Cubic Feet (1 legal document box, 1 small archival box, 1 oversize folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged into the following series:

Series 1: Eastern Indiana Normal University records, 1896-1901, circa 1920s

Series 2: Kumler family papers, circa 1860s-1956

Related Materials

Related materials can be found in the following collections:

UA.054: Palmer University records

UA.055: Indiana Normal School and College of Applied Science records

UA.064: Muncie Normal Institute and Muncie National Institute records

RG.09.20.10: Marie Fraser papers and photographs

RG. University Communications Presidents records

UA Restructuring

Materials were combined from the following collections to create UA.053: RG.03.01.01, OVB.019, and MAPS.019.01.

Eastern Indiana Normal University records
Mindy Shull
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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