Muncie Art Students' League records
Scope and Contents
The collection includes the historical records of Muncie Art Students' League for the years 1892-2019 and includes correspondence, by-laws, financial records, minutes, membership lists, news clippings, annual programs, scrapbooks, photographs, a video recording of a meeting of the Muncie Art Students’ League at Margaret Bumb’s House in 1990, and born-digital working files for the League.
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.
The Muncie Art Students’ League was the idea of a local kindergarten teacher, Carolyn McCulloch Brady. Mrs. Brady was one of several students who had studied art under the instruction of J. Otis Adams. Adams was born in Johnson County and studied at the Royal Academy in Munich before coming to Muncie in 1887 and opening an art studio. In June 1888, Adams held a reception to exhibit the work of his first class of students. The idea of a yearly exhibit caught on. In 1892, building on the enthusiasm engendered by the art classes, Mrs. Brady and Mrs. William Oves, along with eleven other prominent Muncie women, met in Mrs. Brady's kindergarten room in the local high school to write a constitution and formalize the establishment of the organization, which they called the Muncie Art Students’ League. Forty-three women attended the first meeting and elected Mrs. Brady as the organization's first president. The object of the League, according to its constitution, was "the study of the various branches of art; the bringing together of various art interests of the community, in order to promote a spirit of art interest and appreciation."
For some time the organization maintained a studio at the corner of Main and Elm Street under the supervision of Mr. Adams, where an evening sketch class was offered. Lecturers were employed to deliver addresses on the history of art, with an annual exhibit as part of the League’s mission.
In 1906, realizing that the yearly expositions were beyond the managerial capabilities of the League, the organization directed its efforts towards the establishment of the Muncie Art Association, of which Edmund, George and Frank Ball were all directors and active participants.
In 1909, the Muncie Art Students’ League established the Civic Improvement Committee taking an interest in suggesting ways to improve the community, such as planting trees along railways and planting flowers along riverbanks. Throughout its long history the Muncie Art Students’ League has continued to support its original intent, "to promote a spirit of art interest and appreciation."
2.3 Cubic Feet (3 boxes)
3.68 Megabytes : 34 .pdf files
Language of Materials
The Muncie Art Students’ League is organized in the following series:
Series 1: Administrative records, 1892-2008
Series 2: Financial records, 1926-2012
Series 3: Meetings and reports, 1892-2019
Series 4: Annual programs, 1892-2012
Series 5: Scrapbooks, 1940, 1944-1945
Series 6: Photographs, 1983-2006, undated
Series 7: Videos, 1990
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
PDF access copies of the original Microsoft Word and Excel (v. 97-2003) files were created for viewing by researchers.
The Muncie Art Students’ League Records were received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from R.M. Ringoen in 1988. Additions were received from Ned Griner in 1988, Dotty Goodell in 1990, Sandy Marsh in 1992, Joan G. Reed and Ned Griner in 1995, Dawn Lee Patrick in 2002 and 2003, Carol Flores in 2006, Charlotte Lynne Mason in 2008, and Mrs. Judith Lowe on 2011/10/14. Additional materials received 2013/12/18. Additions in the form of born-digital files were received from Catherine Bretz on 2018/08/06, and from Bea Sousa on 2019/09/05.
No additions expected.
Digital reproductions of the Muncie Art Students' League records are available electronically in the Ball State University Digital Media Repository: https://dmr.bsu.edu/digital/collection/MunArtStLgR.
Records from the Muncie Art Association were separated from the Muncie Art Students’ League Records and filed with the Muncie Art Association Records (MSS 130) on 2009/01/12 by Maren L. Read.
Collection processing completed 1990/04/27 by N. Eichman. Finding aid created 1990/04/27 by N. Eichman. Finding aid revised 2002/05/24 by Joan Dutour. Finding aid revised 2003/06 by Joan Dutour. Finding aid revised 2006/09 by Rachel Miller. Finding aid revised 2009/01/09 by Brian A. Knowles. Collection processing reviewed 2009/01/10 by Maren L. Read. EAD finding aid completed 2009/01/10 by Maren L. Read. EAD finding aid revised 2009/07/31 by Maren L. Read. EAD finding aid revised 2013/09/05 by Ben Richardson. EAD finding aid revised 2014/02/24 by Lindsay Vesperry. EAD finding aid revised 2019/09/10 by Ely Sheinfeld.
- Arts Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Correspondence Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Digital file formats Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Documents Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Financial records Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Minutes (Administrative Records) Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Organizations Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Photographs Subject Source: TGM II, Genre and physical characteristic terms
- Programs Subject Source: TGM II, Genre and physical characteristic terms
- Stoeckel Archives of Local History Subject Source: Local sources
- Muncie Art Students' League records
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Part of the Stoeckel Archives of Local History Repository
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