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Wysor's Grand Opera House programs

Identifier: MSS-113

Scope and Contents

This collection includes programs, photocopies of programs, and records from Wysor's Grand Opera House in Muncie, Indiana ranging from 1897 to 1915 regarding performances at the opera house.


  • Creation: 1897-1915

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.

Historical Note

Jacob H. Wysor was a prominent Muncie businessman who accumulated nearly a half million dollars through his real estate interests, a trip to California during the Gold Rush, and various business ventures.

J. H. Wysor built the Wysor Grand Opera House in 1892 on the corner of Jackson and Mulberry Streets. The Mock Brothers Brick Company was one of the local building vendors who supplied 2,100 paving bricks for the project at a cost of $15.75.

Harry Richardson Wysor, J. H. Wysor’s son, was the general manager at the Wysor Grand Opera House from 1892 to the early 1900s. The Wysor Grand Opera House held many stage productions during its 70-year career, as well as movies beginning in the 1920s. In its prime, as many as four different plays or shows were performed each night.

The Wysor Grand Opera House was razed in 1963.


0.6 Cubic Feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials



Arranged in the following series and subseries:

Series 1: Wysor's Grand Opera House season program photocopies, 1897-1902

...Subseries 1.1: Season programs, 1897-1898

...Subseries 1.2: Season programs, 1898-1899

...Subseries 1.3: Season programs, 1899-1900

...Subseries 1.4: Season programs, 1900-1901

...Subseries 1.5: Season programs, circa 1902, undated

Series 2: Wysor's Grand Opera House season program originals, 1897-1902

...Subseries 2.1: Season programs, 1897-1898

...Subseries 2.2: Season programs, 1898-1899

...Subseries 2.3: Season programs, 1899-1900

...Subseries 2.4: Season programs, 1900-1901

...Subseries 2.5: Season programs, circa 1902, undated

Series 3: Wysor's Grand Opera House records and programs, 1911-1915

Custodial History

This collection was received in several accessions by Archives and Special Collections as a donation or gift from multiple donors including Dr. Edward Strother, Albert Michael, and Ben Janney from 1985 to 1987.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 1999/02/18 by M. Sears. Finding aid revised 2004/04/22 by J. Mullins. EAD finding aid created 2012/04/09 by Lisa Barney. EAD finding aid revised 2012/04/26 by Bethany Fiechter.

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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