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Ruth Chin photographic negatives

Identifier: MSS-385

Scope and Contents

This collection includes 1 cu.ft. of photographic negatives taken by Ruth Chin of Muncie, Indiana, ranging from circa 1940 to 1970.


  • 1940-1970

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.


All rights and priviledges to this collection belong to Ruth Chin. Permission to publish must be directed to Ms. Chin.

Biographical / Historical

Ruth Chin was born on May 10, 1924 in Chicago, the eldest of three children. She was raised in Muncie, Indiana where her parents owned and operated a Chinese restaurant. From the age of eight, she developed an interest in photography, and eventually attended MacMurray College for Women in Jackson, Illinois, majoring in art. After graduating from college, she returned to Muncie and was hired as the first female photographer at the Muncie Star and Muncie Evening Press. Chin covered a variety of events for the newspaper, including sports, school events, 4-H events, etc. In 1954, she left the newspaper to open her own studio in downtown Muncie.

Chin received a number of awards for her work, including awards from the National Press Photographers Association, Life Magazine, The Associated Press, WPCI, and the National Federation of Press Women. She was also the first woman to receive the Bushemi Award from The Associated Press of Indiana.


1 Cubic Feet (9 boxes)

Language of Materials

No linguistic content; Not applicable

Custodial History

This collection was received as a donation by Ruth Chin.

Processing Information

This collection was originally in the ASC repository with the collection number PSC 038. It has been renamed to MSS 385 and place in the Stoeckel Archive repository.

Ruth Chin photographic negatives
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Repository Details

Part of the Stoeckel Archives of Local History Repository

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