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Muncie Torch Club records

Identifier: MSS-152

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the records of the Muncie Torch Club and includes administrative records (constitution and bylaws, meeting minutes, reports), publications, and annual yearbooks created between 1950 and 1992.


  • Creation: 1950-1992

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

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.

Administrative History

William Bullock organized the first Torch Club on July 10, 1924, in Minneapolis, MN. The purpose of the club was to provide an opportunity for professional persons to develop an understanding of each other’s professions, promote free exchange of ideas, fosters the highest standards of professional ethics and civic well-being, and fellowship. The organization differs from others in that they champion no particular cause.

The Muncie chapter of the Torch Club was chartered on March 29, 1950, with 46 charter members. Among the club’s first members were several men who held administrative positions at Ball State, including former president Lemuel Pittenger and registrar Leo Hauptman. The monthly dinner program consists of presentations by club members, after which is a general discussion. In 1979, the Muncie Torch Club received the first “Most Improved Club” award at the 1979 international convention in Norfolk, Virginia.


0.8 Cubic Feet (3 boxes)

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Arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Organizational records, 1950-1992

Series 2: Publications, 1967-1990

Series 3: Yearbooks, 1978-1983

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from Elizabeth Glenn in 1985. Additions received from J.B. Black on 1995/05/11 and from James Hoban on 2015/11/09.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 1996/04/22 by M. Seelinger. Finding aid created 1996/04/22 by M. Seelinger. Finding aid revised 2009/09/17 by Maren L. Read. EAD finding aid created 2009/09/17 by Maren L. Read. EAD finding aid updated 2013/10/29 by Rebecca Marangelli. Addition processing completed 2015/12/02 by Justin Brown. EAD finding aid updated 2015/12/02 by Lindsey M. Vesperry.

Muncie Torch Club records
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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