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Muncie Art Students' League records

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-099

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.

Dates

  • 1892-2019

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.

Organizational History

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."

Extent

2.3 Cubic Feet (3 boxes)

3.68 Megabytes : 34 .pdf files

Language of Materials

English

Arrangement

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.

Custodial History

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.

Accruals

No additions expected.

Digital Collection

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.

Related Materials

Materials relating to Muncie Art Students’ League Records may be found in the following collections in Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries, Muncie IN:

MSS 130: Muncie Art Association

Separated Materials

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.

Processing Information

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.
Title
Muncie Art Students' League records
Status
Completed
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Stoeckel Archives of Local History Repository

Contact:
Alexander M. Bracken Library
2000 W. University Avenue
Muncie Indiana 47306 USA