Dorothea Bump collection
Scope and Contents
This collection includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, reports, maps, photographs, and other materials from Dorothea Bump in Muncie, Indiana ranging from 1919 to 1993 regarding local elections, political and civic issues in Delaware County and the city of Muncie, and the administration of Beech Grove Cemetery.
Conditions Governing Access
Separated materials are restricted. Please contact Archives and Special Collections for more information.
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.
Dorothea Bump was born on November 22, 1918 in Muncie, Indiana to parents Gladys Melinda (Simpson) Conn and Leo Bernard Conn. Though she spent her childhood moving around the country with her parents, she returned to Muncie in 1940.
Bump worked as a reporter for the Muncie Evening Press, and received numerious state and national awards for her writing.
In addition to her career as a newspaperwoman, Bump was heavily involved as a board member in many local and health organizations, including the Muncie Civic Theatre, the Delaware County Mental Health Association, the Richmond State Hospital Advisory Council, the Indiana Department of Mental Health Advisory Commission, the Widowed Persons Service Coordinating Board, and the Beech Grove Cemetery Board. She also served at the first public relations director for the Community Fund of Delaware County, now known as the United Way, and co-founded and served as the first coordinator of the Crisis Intervention Center.
Bump also held memberships in several women's organizations, including the Jones-Riley Club, the Women's Press Club of Indiana, East Central Indiana Women in Communications, National Federation of Press Women, and Women in Communications, Inc.
When her husband, Richard E. Bump, died in 1984, Bump completed his term as Muncie City Councilman, and was elected to serve an additional term.
Bump died on February 26, 2008.
5.2 Cubic Feet (7 boxes and 1 folder)
Language of Materials
This collection is arranged in the following series and subseries:
Series 1: Dorothea Bump election records, 1951-1988
Series 2: Muncie and Delaware County government records and news clippings, 1975-1993
Subseries 2.1: Muncie and Delaware County government records and news clippings, 1983-1993
Subseries 2.2: Muncie Municipal government records and newspaper clippings, 1975-1992
Series 3: Beech Grove Cemetary administrative records and other written documents, 1919-1992
Subseries 3.1: Beech Grove Cemetary administrative records and other written documents, 1919-1992
Subseries 3.2: Beech Grove Cemetary administrative records RESTRICTED files, 1986-1991
Series 4: Dorothea Bump photographs, 1960, 1990
This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation.
No further additions are expected.
Finding aid revised 2007/07/06 by M. Read. EAD finding aid created 2012/06/21 by Lisa Barney. EAD finding aid revised 2012/06/28 by Bethany Fiechter. EAD finding aid revised 2014/01/16 by Leslie Nellis.
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- Politics and government Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
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