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United Way of Delaware County records

Identifier: MSS-093

Scope and Contents

This collection contains board meeting minutes, administrative files, scrapbooks, campaign records, agency files, audio and video records, and digital files from the United Way of Delaware County ranging from 1925 to 2014.


  • 1925-2014

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 United Way of Delaware County was founded on March 6, 1925 under the name of the Muncie Community Fund. The first board meeting was held at the Roberts Hotel with Myron Gray as first chairman. The newly created organization sought to promote cooperation between the citizens of Muncie and the welfare, philanthropic, benevolent, and social-service agencies. Once this union was accomplished, major money-raising drive could then eliminate numerous minor fundraisers.

The Family Service Bureau was the nucleus from which the United Way evolved. It was also the predecessor of the Community Service Council. As the United Way grew and expanded into specialized agencies the Family Service Bureau combined with Family Counseling Services. The organization changed names several times through the years, becoming the United War Fund and Community Fund during World War II and finally lighting on the United Way of Delaware County in 1976.

Two separate organizational structures were involved with the United Way from its inception. The first was the United War Fund which began on August 14, 1942, John Udell presiding. Its primary purpose was to prevent unnecessary expenditure and duplication in the solicitation of funds for both the war-time Relief Agencies and Community Funds. Up to twenty-one war-time agencies operated simultaneously with the twelve community agencies at one time. The end of the Second World War saw the dissolution of the United War Fund on September 4, 1946.

A second group closely involved with the United Way was the Community Service Council of Delaware County that began April 24, 1967. This organization possessed certain attributes lacking in other organizations of its type: representative citizen expertise and capability; continuity and comprehensiveness in its approach to problem-solving, planning services, and policy development; and the ability and willingness communicate with all segments of the community.

The United Way of Delaware County continues to inspire and contribute to the betterment of health, recreation, family and children's services in the community.


38.2 Cubic Feet (39 boxes, 51 film reels, digital files (15.2 GB))

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This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Annual reports, 1947-1981

Series 2: Minutes, 1958-1989

Subseries 2.1: Board minutes, 1960-1988

Subseries 2.2: Executive board minutes, 1958-1989

Series 3: Financial statements, 1950-1985

Series 4: Administrative records, 1925-1985

Series 5: Ledgers, 1941-1979

Series 6: Campaign records, 1940-1993

Series 7: Community Services Council documents, 1967-1980

Series 8: Agency documents, 1929-1980

Subseries 8.1: Big Brother, Big Sister agency documents, 1956-1977

Subseries 8.2: Boys Club agency documents, 1956-1977

Subseries 8.3: Boy Scouts agency documents, 1959-1978

Subseries 8.4: Cancer Society agency documents, 1956-1977

Subseries 8.5: Cerebral Palsy agency documents, 1956-1977

Subseries 8.6: Council on Aging agency documents, undated

Subseries 8.7: Family Counseling Service agency documents, 1957-1980

Subseries 8.8: Girl Scouts agency documents, 1967-1979

Subseries 8.9: Hueffer Memorial agency documents, 1967-1977

Subseries 8.10: Isanogel Center agency documents, 1955-1970

Subseries 8.11: Meals on Wheels of Muncie agency documents, 1970-1979

Subseries 8.12: Mental Health agency documents, 1956-1977; undated

Subseries 8.13: Muncie Mission agency documents, 1956-1980

Subseries 8.14: Munsyana Day Nursery agency documents, 1958-1975

Subseries 8.15: Psi Iota Xi agency documents, 1957-1975

Subseries 8.16: Red Cross agency documents, 1957-1978

Subseries 8.17: Retarded Children agency documents, 1959-1978

Subseries 8.18: Salvation Army agency documents, 1957-1978

Subseries 8.19: Society for Crippled Children agency documents, 1959-1976

Subseries 8.20: Tuberculosis Association agency documents, 1935-1987

Subseries 8.21: United Day Care Center agency documents, 1975-1977

Subseries 8.22: Urban League agency documents, 1964-1978

Subseries 8.23: U.S.O. agency documents, 1960-1978

Subseries 8.24: Visiting Nurses agency documents, 1929-1977

Subseries 8.25: Whitely Community Center agency documents, 1965-1972

Subseries 8.26: Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) agency documents, 1955-1982

Subseries 8.27: Yorktown Community Center agency documents, 1970-1979

Subseries 8.28: Young Women's Christian Association agency documents (YWCA) agency documents, 1955-1982

Subseries 8.29: Family Service Bureau agency documents, 1939-1961

Subseries 8.30: Agency documents subject files, 1966-1980

Series 9: Newspaper clippings, 1956-1980

Series 10: Scrapbooks and publications, 1950-1998

Series 11: Films and video recordings, circa 1950-2014

Series 12: Oversize materials, 1943-1954

Series 13: Photographs, negatives, and slides, 1925-2005

Series 14: Oversize photographs, 1925-1993

Series 15: Audio recordings, 2005-2007, undated

Series 16: Filmstrips, undated

Series 17: Digital records, circa 2003-2013

Series 18: United Way of Delaware County website archive, 2019-

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from Gregory Milliken on 1987/08/05. Additions received 1988/03/10, 1995/12/01, and 1994/07/07; Mary Jo Reidy on 1994/09/07; Ross Van Ness on 1997/05/01; and Jennie Marsh on 2016/11/11.


The repository continues to add materials to this collection on a regular basis.

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:

SC.652: United Way of Delaware County strategic plan, 1993

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 1999/07/29 by K. Brooks. EAD finding aid created 2012/06/14 by Julie Hausknecht. EAD finding aid revised 2012/08/01 by Bethany Fiechter. Addition processing completed 2017/02/07 by Lindsey M. Vesperry. EAD finding aid revised 2017/02/07 by Lindsey M. Vesperry.

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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