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Woman's Club of Muncie records

Identifier: MSS-088

Scope and Contents

The Woman’s Club Records include annual programs, constitutions and bylaws, Corresponding Secretary’s books (1978- 90) and records (1966-74), Epsilon Sigma Omicron minutes (1945-51, 1965-70), financial secretary’s records (1940-57) fine arts department minutes (1942-62), Junior department minutes (1949-61, 1969-71) literature department minutes (1949-61), Memorial books (1977-78) minute books (1876-1992) Newspaper clippings (1950-99), publications by and about the club, treasurer’s book (1940-62), and scrapbooks (1893-1976, 1951-1963, 1959-71, 1974-88, 1976-1988). The programs list meeting dates and discussion topics. The Memorial books contain members’ obituaries. One scrapbook contains information on other Women’s Clubs in the area, and the others contain photographs and newspaper clippings about the organization. “A Brief History of the Women’s Club of Muncie and Federation” by Martha Rowe (1983) is located in the collection. In addition to materials on the Muncie organization, the collection contains a Daleville, Indiana, club yearbook (1975-76), a Selma, Indiana program (1971-72), and General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) materials.


  • Creation: 1876-1993

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 Woman’s Club of Muncie, Indiana, was founded in 1876, the second Woman’s Club to be founded in Indiana. The Club was “an association for mutual improvement” and its object was “the advancement of woman in every direction pertaining to her intellectual, moral and physical good.” Among its 36 charter members was Ida Husted Harper, who would become a nationally known writer and suffragist. Club members were active in founding the General Federation of Woman’s Clubs (1889) and the Indiana Federation of Clubs (1900). The Club met every two weeks and developed programs centered on reading, recitations, charades, music, and general topics. By the 1890s the Club supported a variety of projects for “community betterment.” For a limited time the club hired teachers to hold classes on such subjects as German, Current Events, and Physical Culture. These classes were open to the public for $1.00 dollar for 10 lessons or fifteen cents for an individual class. The Woman’s Club also started to entertain other clubs in the 1920s. By the 1940s the Club had more than 200 members and met in a variety of departments. The Club celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1976 and continues to meet.


5.3 Cubic Feet (8 boxes, 1 oversize folder, 1 box photographs)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Woman's Club of Muncie administrative files, 1890-1996

Series 2: Woman's Club of Muncie Epsilon Sigma Omicron materials, 1945-1970

Series 3: Woman's Club of Muncie General Federation of Women's Club documents, 1966-1992

Series 4: Woman's Club of Muncie meeting minutes, 1876-1992

Series 5: Woman's Club of Muncie programs, 1884-2002

Series 6: Woman's Club of Muncie scrapbooks, realia and oversized materials, 1959-1997

Series 7: Woman's Club of Muncie written documents and correspondence, 1966-1992

Series 8: Woman's Club of Muncie oversize material, undated

Series 9: Woman's Club of Muncie photographs, undated

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 1989/08/16 by D. Tambo. Collection processing revised 2002/05/20 by B. Gordy. Collection processing revised 2005/06/07 by J. E. Gastineau. Collection processing revised 2008/06/30 by M Read. EAD finding aid created 2012/10/22 by Julie Hausknecht. EAD finding aid modified 2013/10/28 by Rebecca Marangelli.

Woman's Club of Muncie 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