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Grace Episcopal Church records

Identifier: MSS-035

Scope and Contents

The collection contains information on the church's renovation in 1940, a history of the parish published in 1977, copies of The Muncie Churchman news magazine from 1892 and 1896, parish lists from 1953 and 1954, and other related church materials.


  • 1881-1999

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.

Administrative History

The first Episcopal service conducted in Muncie was held in the Presbyterian Church in June 1839 and presided over by Rev. George Fiske of Richmond. Records indicate that the next service was held in 1859, again at the Presbyterian Church located at the northeast corner of Walnut and Charles Streets.

Between 1859 and 1875, services were held intermittently at the Presbyterian Church, opera house, and the city building. In 1875 an organizational meeting was held which resulted in the establishment of the Grace Mission, with Rev. Jesse Bicknell as the first rector. In 1878, Grace Episcopal Church was established. The parish was located at 209 N. Walnut Street, and a frame building was constructed at that site at a cost of $650.

In April 1881, the parish moved to a lot at the corners of Adams and Mulberry. The church later relocated to a site at the corner of Madison and Adams Streets. In 1923, the church moved to the northwest corner of the same lot, where it remains today.


1.9 Cubic Feet (4 boxes)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from Dr. Bert Auson on 1976/01/12 and Rev. Kenneth Sherfick on 1979/12/21.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 1983/02/10 by D. Tambo. Collection processing revised 1986/06/26 by J. Moore. Collection additions completed 2002/04/24 by J. Dutour. EAD finding aid created 2012/10/01 by Julie Hausknecht. EAD finding aid revised 2012/11/2 by Bethany Fiechter.

Grace Episcopal Church records
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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