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William A. Sutton papers

Identifier: MSS-028

Scope and Contents

This collection includes documents, photographs, slides and an interview from William A. Sutton in Muncie ranging from 1913 to 1985 regarding Sutton's work with the local government, and in religious and secular community organizations.


  • Creation: 1913-1985

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

William A. Sutton, English professor and Republican city councilman, was born in Cleveland, Ohio on December 2, 1915. His father, Leonard Sutton, emigrated from England in 1911.

In 1936, Sutton received his B.A. degree from Western Reserve University, and went on to earn his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Ohio State University in 1937 and 1943, respectively. Sutton taught English at Ohio State University, Muskingum College, and the University of Tennessee before joining the faculty of the Ball State University English department in 1947.

An active member of the First United Presbyterian Church, Sutton helped organize the Delaware County Council of United Church Men. He also was responsible for the formation of the Delaware County Safety Council, and served as president of the council for two years. In addition to these two organizations, Sutton was also a member of the Executive Committee of the Delaware Council of the Boy Scouts Association, member and president of the Muncie City Council, chairman of the Delaware County Republican Central Committee, and a precinct committeeman.

Dr. Sutton retired from Ball State University on November 24, 1980.


6.5 Cubic Feet (6 boxes, 1 folder, 1 audio cassette, and 1 binder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged in the following series and subseries:

Series 1: Sutton, William A. City Council documents, 1926-1975

Subseries 1.1: City Council agendas and minutes, 1960-1967

Subseries 1.2: Committees documents, 1926-1975

Subseries 1.3: City Council miscellaneous documents, 1959-1967

Series 2: Sutton, William A. subject files, 1929-1979

Series 3: Sutton, William A. Indiana Municipal League documents, 1950-1968

Series 4: Sutton, William A. Metropolitan Planning Commission documents, 1963-1985

Series 5: Sutton, William A. Republican Party documents, 1956-1974

Series 6: Sutton, William A. photographs, circa 1913-1985

Series 6: Sutton, William A. slides, 1926-1979

Series 6: Sutton, William A. interview, 1980/05/27

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a gift from Dr. William Sutton in several donations from 1979 to 1980, and in 2007.

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.04.01.10: Faculty William Sutton papers, 1874-1980

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 1984/02/16 by R. Cumberbatch and D. Tambo. Finding aid revised 2007/03. EAD finding aid created 2012/03/22 by Lisa Barney. EAD finding aid revised 2012/04/03 by Bethany Fiechter.

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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