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The Man Haters collection

Identifier: MSS-177

Scope and Contents

This collection includes research involved in creating a video about the 1915 film, The Man Haters. It includes documents about the original cast members, the producer, the local newspaper popularity contest, working papers for the grant application, production videos, still photographs from the original film, personal photographs of the cast members, and a copy of a publication written by Nancy Turner about the project ranging from 1894 to 1997 regardingThe Man Haters project.


  • Creation: 1894-1997

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

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

In January 1994, through the efforts of Bill Barnett, Director of Library Business Services, the families of Bill Kirtley, his sister Jenny Leach and their spouses, donated a 1915 film entitled, The Man Haters to the Ball State University Libraries. The film, having an intrinsic value simply because it still existed, became even more valuable when it was learned that it was filmed in Muncie, Indiana, with a Muncie cast, the result of a newspaper popularity contest. Upon viewing the film, Michael Wood, Dean of the Ball State University Libraries (1979-2006), thought that it would make an excellent program for the upcoming Friends of the Bracken Library program in the Spring of 1995. His idea was to use the film as a centerpiece of a video, surrounding it with visual documentation gathered from detailed research about the producer, the cast members, and the scenes of Muncie, Indiana from 1915. He appointed Nancy Turner, Head of Archives and Special Collections in the Ball State University Libraries as Director of The Man Haters project. This collection is the direct result of that research project.


1.8 Cubic Feet (4 boxes, 11 VHS tapes, 3 DVD-R discs)


This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1: The Man Haters film research files, 1894-1997

Series 2: The Man Haters film stills and personal photographs, 1915-1963

Series 3: The Man Haters production videos, 1995-1997

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from Bill and Pam Kirtley on 1994/03/18 and by Nancy Turner from 1994-1997.


No further additions are expected.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions of the original The Man Haters film, a longer documentary film, and related materials from this collection can be found in the Ball State University Digital Media Repository:

Related Archival Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries, Muncie IN:

PSCN.159: The Man Haters photograph negatives

OVA.117: The Man Haters film screening event poster and program, 2015

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 1998/04/03 by T. Tweedy; M. Read 2006/10/31; Rachel Miller 2006/11/22; M. Read 2007/07/03; Bethany Fiechter 2011/04/14. EAD finding aid created 2011/04/13 by Bethany Fiechter. EAD finding aid revised 2014/06/06 by Brandon Pieczko

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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