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David Dale family papers

Identifier: MSS-189

Scope and Contents

This collection includes genealogical research including research notes, family relations worksheets, and photocopies of municipal records; photocopied documents from the 1926 George R. Dale contempt of court trial include newspaper clippings, telegrams, letters, and cartoons from David Dale in Muncie, Indiana ranging from 1790 to 1995 regarding David Dale`s family history.


  • 1790-1995

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

David Dale collected documents on his family and extensively researched the Dale family line. This collection contains several materials about George R. Dale and the 1926 contempt of court trial. George R. Dale was a newspaper editor and politician. He is best known as the editor of the Muncie Post-Democrat from 1920-1936, and as mayor of Muncie, Indiana from 1930-1935. In 1932, George R. Dale was convicted of violating Prohibition laws. His conviction was upheld on appeal, but he was pardoned after the repeal of Prohibition in 1933 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.


0.9 Cubic Feet (4 boxes)

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This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Dale, David family genealogy documents, 1790-1995

Series 2: David Dale photograph collectio, 1923-1945

Series 3: David Dale negative collection, undated

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from David Dale.


No further additions are expected.

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:

MSS.045: George Dale papers, 1922-1979

Processing Information

EAD finding aid created 2011/05/20 by Helen Boyer. EAD finding aid revised 2011/05/20 by Bethany Fiechter. EAD finding aid revised 2013/10/28 by Leslie Nellis. EAD finding aid revised 2016/05/20 by Lindsey M. Vesperry.

David Dale family papers
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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