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Muncie Matinee Musicale records and photographs

Identifier: MSS-067

Scope and Contents

This collection includes administrative records, correspondence, programs, scrapbooks, secretaries' records books, secretaries' reports, yearbooks, and Student and Junior Matinee Musicale records and scrapbooks from the Muncie Matinee Musicale club in Muncie, Indiana ranging from 1889 to 2001 regarding club history and administration, and Matinee Musicale and Junior Matinee Musicale events and activities.


  • Creation: 1889-2001

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.

Historical Note

The Muncie Matinee Musicale club was founded on January 12, 1889. It was organized by the supervisor of music for the Muncie city schools, Miss Nannie C. Love, who served as the club's president for the first nineteen years. The club was composed of senior, student, and junior departments, each having its own officers and each later being affiliated with the National Federation of Music Clubs.

The first student program was presented in 1896. Programs continued to be given each year until 1918 when the Junior Matinee Musicale was formed. It was the largest junior group in the state. Set up for children in grades three through eight, the Junior Musicale was designed to enrich students' musical experience. In 1932, the Student Musicale was organized under the supervision of Mrs. Eva Props for musicians of high school and college age.

In 1921, the Matinee Musicale became a member of the Indiana Federation of Music Clubs. Early programs of the club brought several performances to Muncie, including the Boston Symphony Club, the Carrie Jacobs Band, and Clara Clemens, daughter of Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain). The club continued to bring notable, musically-talented artists to Muncie.


7.5 Cubic Feet (16 boxes and 2 folders)

Language of Materials



Arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Muncie Matinee Musicale administrative records, correspondence, and other materials, 1889-1996

Series 2: Muncie Matinee Musicale programs, 1893-1995

Series 3: Muncie Matinee Musicale scrapbooks, 1938-1997

Series 4: Muncie Matinee Musicale secretaries' record books and reports, 1889-1986

Series 5: Muncie Matinee Musicale yearbooks, 1893-2001

Series 6: Student and Junior Matinee Musicale records and scrapbooks, 1914-1969

Series 7: Muncie Matinee Musicale oversized scrapbook, 1974-1998

Series 8: Muncie Matinee Musicale photographs, 1889-2001

Series 9: Muncie Matinee Musicale negatives, 1889-2001

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as several donations and gifts from Carol Lyon on 1994/10/04; Rebecca Burkart on 1986/09/19; Marion Banta on 1988/08/18; Mary Thiesen on 1989/08/24; Marie Schwartz on 1991/11/21 and Nov. 1994; and Alice Hoover on 1999/02/02, 2000/07/12, 2003/02/26, and 2003/03/31.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 1985/01/29 by J. Moore. Finding aid revised 1988/08/09 by M.L. Gentis; 1989/05/24 by M.L. Gentis; and 2003/03/07 by A.M. Childers. EAD finding aid created 2012/04/23 by Lisa Barney. EAD finding aid revised 2012/04/27 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