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Thomas L. Ryan diary, 1886

Identifier: MSS-087

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a photocopy of the diary written by Thomas Ryan in 1886. Ryan wrote in the diary every day. He recorded the weather, events at school, activities with friends, trips to the library and around town, chores and projects, and special events. The diary also contains an account of his expenses for the year.


  • Creation: 1886

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

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

Thomas (“Tom”) L. Ryan was born in 1872 in Muncie, Indiana. He was the son of John W. and Lida Jenkins Ryan and brother of Susan Ryan Marsh. After finishing his education in Muncie, Ryan completed a course in engineering at the Hoboken Institute of Technology and studied law under his father. He joined his father’s law firm, which became Ryan & Ryan, in 1898. He worked as a consulting engineer and patent attorney. He was also president of the Highlands Manufacturing Company of Muncie. He married Lenora Highlands of Clinton, Iowa, and the couple had three children.


0.2 Cubic Feet (1 box)

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Custodial History

The Thomas L. Ryan Diary was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from Ned Griner on 2005/07/22. The original diary was obtained by Ned Griner from Fannie Marsh. Griner photocopied the diary and returned the original. The original diary has been lost.


No additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to Thomas L. Ryan Diary may be found in the following collections in Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries, Muncie IN:

MSS 133: Marsh/Ryan Family Collection

MSS.002: Frederick Putnam diary (1886)

MSS.129: Mina McCormick Beckett diaries (1933-1962)

MSS.105: Thomas Neely diaries (1867-1901)

SC.006: Ken Trietsch diary

SC.020: Charles Murray diary

SC.145: John R. Kerns diary

SC.171: J.W. Brant Civil War diary

SC.375: David Hendrickson diary

SC.444: Sarah A. Heinsohn diary

SC.445: Thomas Ryan Excelsior journal

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2005/11 by Jane E. Gastineau. Collection processing reviewed 2008/12/30 by Maren L. Read. Finding aid created 2005/11 by Jane E. Gastineau. EAD finding aid completed 2012/09/17 by Bethany Fiechter. EAD finding aid modified 2013/10/28 by Rebecca Marangelli.

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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