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Altrusa Club of Muncie, Inc. records

Identifier: MSS-054

Scope and Contents

This collection includes committee records, financial records, governance documents, meeting minutes, membership records, scrapbooks, yearbooks, photographs, videos, a reel-to-reel audiotape recording, and historical records from the Altrusa Club of Muncie, Inc. in Muncie, Indiana ranging from 1909 to 2016 regarding the administration of the club, and Altrusa Club activities and events.

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  • Creation: 1901 - 2016

Conditions Governing Access

Separated financial records (Series 5) are restricted. Contact the repository for more information.

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.

Historical Note

Altrusa International, originally known as Altrusa Institute, was founded in Nashville, Tennessee in 1917 by Dr. Alfred Durham to meet the need for a women’s civic organization. Since 1918, the Altrusa Institute has been a classified service organization for women. Soon after the club was renamed the National Association of Altrusa Clubs, and adopted by-laws and principles. The adaptation of the by-laws and principles in 1921 led to a club building effort across the country.

The Altrusa Club of Muncie, Inc. was founded in 1923 when thirteen business and professional women met with Patty Garnet, the Altrusa National Organizer, to discuss the formation of a local club. The Altrusa Club of Muncie, Inc. was granted its charter in April 1925 at the National Convention in Omaha, Nebraska. In 1955, The Altrusa Club of Muncie, Inc. became part of Altrusa District Six, which is the regional group comprised of clubs from Kentucky, Illinois, and Indiana.

The Altrusa Club of Muncie, Inc. serves the needs of the Muncie community, as well as the larger Delaware County in accordance with the principles of District Six and Altrusa International. Locally, the Altrusa Club of Muncie strives to provide support for community members in need, especially focusing on literacy, youth development, and family support. The club also offers financial support to numerous philanthropic projects, such as fundraising for the Ball Hospital Building Fund, and the Emens College-Community Auditorium Building Fund. The Club also strives to aid students with their education by providing scholarships such as the Mamie Bass Scholarship Loan Fund, and the Grants-in-Aid Project.


28.6 Cubic Feet (31 boxes, 5 oversize folders, 1 reel-to-reel audio tape; digital files)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from Patricia Sparks on 1981/06/03; Ethel Himelick on 1983/01/11; Beulah Frogge on 1992/08/19; Betty Harrah on 1993/06/21; Robin Timbrook on 2010/08/18; Sherrell Bryant on 2015/02/12; and Joan McKee on 2016/01/07.

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:

SPEC.043: Altrusa Club District Six records, 1955-2005

SPEC.091: Altrusa International records, 1922-2012

PSC.105: Altrusa Club of Muncie photographs

Processing Information

Collection processing completed by Mackenzie Stahl on 01May2021.

Altrusa Club of Muncie, Inc. 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