Muncie Torch Club records
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.
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
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.
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)
Language of Materials
Arranged in the following series:
Series 1: Organizational records, 1950-1992
Series 2: Publications, 1967-1990
Series 3: Yearbooks, 1978-1983
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.
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.
- Clubs Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
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- Muncie (Ind.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Programs Subject Source: TGM II, Genre and physical characteristic terms
- Publications Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Stoeckel Archives of Local History Subject Source: Local sources
- Yearbooks Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Muncie Torch Club records
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Part of the Stoeckel Archives of Local History Repository
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