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Edward Zetterberg papers

Identifier: MSS-222

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, articles, notes, student field trip reports, photographic materials, blueprints, and other materials from Edward Zetterberg and his family in Muncie, Indiana ranging from 1918 to 2004 regarding Zetterberg's teaching career, his service during World War I and World War II, and Zetterberg's personal interests.


  • Creation: 1918-2004

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.

Biographical Note

Edward Zetterberg was born in 1898 in Harris City, Indiana, and attended Indiana State Normal School in Terre Haute, Indiana. He served in the Navy Reserves in World War I, after which he returned to Terre Haute and graduated in 1922. During World War II, he served with the Indiana Civilian Defense Auxiliary Fireman Corporation, and the Selective Service System Registration Advisory Board. Zetterberg taught chemistry at Muncie Central High School from 1927 to 1954. While a teacher at Muncie Central, he served on the Course of Study of Chemistry for Secondary Schools (1928) and Secondary School Science Curriculum Committee (1942-1943). He also established the Muncie Technical Society in 1945 and helped create the Edward Zetterberg Glacial Rock Garden dedicated at Muncie Central High School in 1973. In addition to teaching, Zetterberg also worked at the Muncie Sewage Treatment Plant as a part-time chemist from 1943 to 1955, and as a full-time chemist from 1955 to 1966.


1.6 Cubic Feet (4 boxes, 1 oversized folder, 101 negative envelopes, and 2 blueprints)

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Arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Edward Zetterberg subject files, 1918-2004

Series 2: Edward Zetterberg subject files, legal size, 1935-2003

Series 3: Edward Zetterberg blueprints, 1948, undated

Series 4: Edward Zetterberg photographs, 1930s

Series 5: Edward Zetterberg negatives, undated

Series 6: Edward Zetterberg oversized photographs, undated

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a records donation from Edward Zetterberg on 2003/01/01. Donations were added on 2003/10/01, 2004/05/01, 2006/12/01, 2010/12/03, and 2013/07/13 on behalf of Edward Zetterberg by Mary Alice Lanning.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2010/12/03 by Bethany Fiechter. EAD finding aid created 2010/12/03 by Bethany Fiechter. EAD finding aid revised 2010/12/03 by Bethany Fiechter. EAD finding aid revised 2012/05/04 by Lisa Barney. EAD finding aid revised 2012/09/04 by Bethany Fiechter. EAD finding aid revised 2013/08/22 by Lindsey Vesperry. EAD finding aid revised 2014/05/14 by Rebecca Marangelli

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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