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Althea Stoeckel papers

Identifier: MSS-039

Scope and Contents

This collection includes administrative, pamphlet, and subject files from Althea Stoeckel in Muncie, Ind. ranging from 1800 to 1979 regarding Indiana history and teaching and education.


  • 1954-1979

Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Ball State University, Muncie, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Archives and Special Collections.

Biographical Note

Althea Stoeckel was a history professor at Ball State University from 1960 until her death on December 18, 1978. Stoeckel was the central figure in a drive to save thousands of historic documents from the Delaware County courthouse when it was razed in 1966. She and her students carried books of county records out of the building. These books remained in the local history archival collection in Bracken Library until 2001. They are now part of the Muncie Public Library local history collection at the Carnegie Library. The local history archive in Archives and Special Collections was named Stoeckel Archives of Local History in honor of the professor in 1979.

Stoeckel used the documents in her history classes, saying, "What better method of showing students that these early residents were not heroes, but ordinary people dealing with their problems. The past becomes more real...and students see that history is made up of the average man as well as the great."

Stoeckel received her bachelor's degree from Shurtleff College, and two master's degrees and a doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Illinois. She taught at Eureka College and Marshall University before arriving at Ball State. She was a member of the American, Indiana, and Illinois Historical Associations, a member of the board of directors of the Delaware County Historical Society, Organization of American Historians, Association of State and Local Historians, Phi Alpha Theta history honorary, and Alpha Phi sorority. She served as president of the Ball State chapter of the American Association of University Professors in 1965. A specialist in American revolutionary war history, Stoeckel chaired the Indiana American Revolution Bicentennial Committee at Ball State. She also chaired the Muncie Heritage '76 Committee and worked with the Daughters of the American Revolution to plan activities for the "Honor America" program.

Stoeckel began donating several documents from her work in the early 1970's. After her death, history department chair Morton Rosenberg donated papers from her office which included correspondence, talks and papers, committee papers, subject files, pamphlets and short histories, and numerous student papers.


2.3 Cubic Feet (7 boxes)


No further additions are expected.

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:

PSC.003: Althea Stoeckel Manuscript photographs

PSC.016: Althea Stoeckel Photographs

Processing Information

EAD finding aid created 2009/02/16 by Maren Read. EAD finding aid revised 2010/06/30 by Lajmar Anderson.

Althea Stoeckel papers
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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