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Indiana Renaissance Fair records and photographs

Identifier: MSS-157

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of a wide range of materials and includes programs, evaluations, applications, budget information, sketches, news clippings, and many other items of the Renaissance Fair Committee. The collection concentrates on the 1978, 1979, and 1980 fairs, but also includes other materials through 1986. This collection was donated by Patricia Schaefer, who served as general chairwoman for the first two fairs, and Cassie Bolander.

A separate photograph series contains nine folders and approximately 96 photographs the 1978 fair to the 1980 fair.

A slide series consists of approximately 900 slides, primarily of the fair years of 1978-1980.

A third series of oversize materials contains four posters from 1980, 1981, 1983 and an unidentified year.

The fourth series contains 2 oversized photographs from the 1979 fair.

Also included in the collection are 3 videotapes of the fairs and 1 cassette tape of radio promotions, dated 1980.


  • Creation: 1978-1986

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

The Indiana Renaissance Fair was held annually in Muncie from 1978 through 1986 and was sponsored by the Delaware County Council for the Arts. In attempting to recreate a fair of the era, the Indiana Renaissance Fair featured entertainment, crafts, food, artists, and other features commonly found in a fair of Renaissance Italy. The fair also featured an opening parade, hot air balloon races, canoe races, gondola rides in the White River, and a Renaissance Run foot race. In its first four years, the fair was held in Central downtown Muncie.


3 Cubic Feet (3 cubic feet)

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This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Indiana Renaissance Fair financial records and other reports, 1978-1985

Series 2: Indiana Renaissance Fair committee, council, and board of directors documents, 1978-1986

Series 3: Indiana Renaissance Fair entertainment materials and documents, 1978-1986

Series 4: Indiana Renaissance Fair correspondence and other written materials, 1978-1987

Series 5: Indiana Renaissance Fair subject files, 1978-1985

Series 6: Indiana Renaissance Fair fair photographs, 1978-1980

Series 7: Indiana Renaissance Fair slides, 1978-1980

Series 8: Indiana Renaissance Fair oversize posters, 1980-1983

Series 9: Indiana Renaissance Fair oversize photographs, 1979

Series 10: Indiana Renaissance Fair audio recordings, 1982

Series 11: Indiana Renaissance Fair negatives, 1978

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from Judy Schroeder on 1995/08/18. Additions were received on 1999/12/01 by Cassie Bolander, and on 2002/05/01.


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