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Bracken House collection

Identifier: MSS-207

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a manuscript about the Bracken House on Ball State University`s campus, transcripts of interviews with Bracken family members, correspondence, and research notes from Thomas A. Sargent in Muncie, Indiana ranging from 1997 to 2000 regarding the home and its inhabitants.


  • Creation: 1997-2000

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 Bracken House was built in 1936-1937 for Alexander M. Bracken and Rosemary B. Bracken. Excavation began in September 1936, and the family moved in during Christmas week, 1937. The house was designed in the Georgian Revival style by Walter Scholer, a well-known architect from Lafayette, Indiana. Fred Mullin, a Muncie builder, was the general contractor.

Mr. and Mrs. Bracken, who were both in their twenties when they planned and built their house, were from prominent Muncie families. Alexander Bracken was the son of Thomas E. and Margaret M. Bracken. The senior Bracken was a partner in a Muncie law firm. Rosemary was the youngest child of Frank C. and Elizabeth Brady Ball. Mr. Ball was one of the five brothers who founded Ball Brothers Glass Manufacturing Company, now Ball Corporation, of which Alexander Bracken became chairman of the board.

Alexander and Rosemary Bracken had two sons when they moved into the home in late December 1937. Within ten days their third child and only daughter was born. The couple had two more sons and raised their five children in the home. The family occupied the residence for almost sixty years.

In the early 1980s, Mr. and Mrs. Bracken made provision in their respective wills for the home to be left to Ball State University, stipulating that it be used as a home for the university president. This arrangement was carried out following Mrs. Bracken’s death in 1997. Mr. Bracken had died in 1991. The house was renovated in 1999, and became the home of the Ball State University president.


0.2 Cubic Feet (1 box)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from Thomas A. Sargent on 2000/05/08 and 2003/07/18.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised 2005/11 by Jane Gastineau. EAD finding aid completed 2011/05/12 by Bethany Fiechter.

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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