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Frederick Durman papers and photographs

Identifier: MSS-151

Scope and Contents

This manuscript collection consists of some records of the Central Indiana Gas Company from 1916-1933 as well as postcards and publications from Muncie in the early part of the 20th century.

The Frederick Durman Photo Collection mainly consists of the photographs that pertain to the Central Indiana Gas Company, the Indiana Gas Company and to bands – military bands and Collins Boys Band. Some of the remaining photographs are of the Joseph A. Goddard Company (where his father, Paxton Durman, was a salesman) and the company’s picnics at Mounds Park. The remainder of the collection is made up of a picture of a parade, a street scene, the fire department members, and Frederick Durman’s mother and father.


  • 1906-1933

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

Frederick Durman was involved in the 38th Division National Guard Band from 1931-1951. He played the clarinet in the beginning and later became a drum major. Mr. Durman was also in the army, where he was also involved with the band.

Mr. Durman retired from the Central Indiana Gas Company and its successor, the Indiana Gas Company. He started there as a draftsman and was a superintendent of construction and maintenance when he retired.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Frederick Durman publications and other documents, 1906-1933

Series 2: Frederick Durman photographs, undated

Series 3: Frederick Durman oversize photographs, undated

Series 4: Frederick Durman oversize photographs, undated

Series 5: Frederick Durman oversize photographs, undated

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from Frederick P. Durman on 1994/06/15.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

EAD finding aid created 2012/10/11 by Julie Hausknecht. EAD finding aid revised 2013/10/28 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