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H. Earl Browning family papers and photographs

Identifier: MSS-147

Scope and Contents

This collection includes the papers, photographs and negatives from the H. Earl Browning family in Muncie, IN ranging from 1920 to 1976 regarding family correspondence, war records, financial records, personal documents, photographs and negatives.


  • 1920-1976

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.

Biographical Note

Earl Browning was a teacher in the city schools. He and his wife, Mary, had two children, Wayne L and Joseph J. Mary Browning was an active member of the Mothers of World War II, and served as the local unit (#16) president for two terms. Wayne Browning was in the army and served during World War II in Ireland, England, North Africa, and Italy. Just prior to leaving for service, Wayne married Helen Piers. Joseph Browning attended Ball State Teachers College. He taught for one year. He attended Indiana University and pursued a Masters in Business Education. Eventually, he became a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Wayne and Helen moved to Macon, Georgia after the war. They divorced in 1961 and Wayne remarried. Earl Browning died in 1967. Mary Browning died in 1976.


2.8 Cubic Feet (10 boxes, 1 folder)

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Arranged in the following series:

Series 1: H. Earl Browning papers, 1920-1976

Series 2: Joseph Browning papers, 1941, 1947, 1961, 1964

Series 3: Mary Browning papers, 1942-1976

Series 4: H. Earl Browning Family photographs, undated

Series 5: H. Earl Browning Family negatives, 1903-1976

Series 6: H. Earl Browning Family oversize photographs, undated

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a gift on 1993/08/30.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2013/10/23 by Rebecca Marangelli. EAD finding aid created 2009/03/26 by Maren Read. EAD finding aid revised 2013/10/23 by Rebecca Marangelli.

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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