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Sons of the American Revolution. Continental Chapter records

Identifier: MSS-194

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photographs, records, correspondence, and publications from Sons of the American Revolution in Muncie, Indiana, as well as the Indiana Society and the National Organization ranging from 1914 until 2012 regarding the branches of the SAR organization.


  • Creation: 1914-2012

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.

Administrative History

In 1876, there were many celebrations across the United States to commemorate the centennial of the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. As a part of this patriotic observance, a group of descendants of patriots in the American Revolution in the San Francisco, California, area formed an organization known as the Sons of Revolutionary Sires. The main objective of this fraternal and civic society was to salute those men and women who pledged their lives, money, and sacred honor to the battle for independence from Great Britain. They wanted to keep their ancestors’ stories of patriotism and courage alive in the belief that man’s struggle against tyranny is universal and their stories would inspire and sustain succeeding generations.

On April 30, 1889, on what was the 100th anniversary of George Washington's inauguration as the nation's first president, the Sons of Revolution Sires became the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. The SAR is as a fraternal society composed of lineal descendants of the men who wintered at Valley Forge, signed the Declaration of Independence, fought in battles of the American Revolution, served in Continental Congress, or supported the cause of American Independence in any way. Congress passed a charter establishing the National Society on June 9, 1906. President Theodore Roosevelt, a member of the SAR, signed the original charter.

The Continental Chapter of the SAR of Muncie, Indiana was established to honor the American Revolutionary patriots from Delaware County. The group’s motto is "Libertas et Patria," meaning "Liberty and Patriotism."


2.1 Cubic Feet (5 boxes)

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This collection is arranged into the following series and subseries:

Series 1: Continental Chapter, 1922-2007

Subseries 1.1: Chapter records, 1922-1937, 1958-2007

Subseries 1.2: Correspondence, 1964-1985

Subseries 1.3: Publications, 1965-2007

Subseries 1.4: Roll of Honor - Revolutionary Ancestors of Members

Series 2: Indiana Society, Sons of the American Revolution, 1914, 1966-2012

Subseries 2.1: Society records, 1914, 1966-1978, 2010

Subseries 2.2: Correspondence, 1975-1999

Subseries 2.3: Publications, 1968-2012

Series 3: National Society, Sons of the American Revolution, 1966-2011

Subseries 3.1: Organization records, 1966-1978, undated

Subseries 3.2: Correspondence, 1995-2003

Subseries 3.3: Publications, 1967-2011

Series 4: Dedication Ceremonies and Grave Markers, 1964, 2006, undated

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from John K. Carmichael on 2000/01/14. Additions received from John K. Carmichael on 2000/01/27, 2000/05/24, 2002/03/27, 2007/08/31, 2010/03/05, 2010/09/07, and by Dennis Babbitt on 2009/01/12.


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:

SC.122: Sons of the American Revolution newspaper clippings

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2008 March by A. Frohberg. Revised 2008 March by Maren Read. EAD finding aid created 2009/01/14 by Maren Read. EAD finding aid revised 2011 February by H. Boyer. EAD finding aid revised 2013/09/26 by Lindsey Vesperry.

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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