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Humpback Barn Festival records

Identifier: MSS-234

Scope and Contents

Humpback Barn Festival Records contain documents and activity information pertaining to the 401 Poetry Group, Christian groups, ceremonies for artistic endeavors, and the Humpback Barn Festival itself. This collection also contains the Humpback Barn Festival of Art and Poetry’s articles of incorporation as well as poems, articles, and correspondence relating to specific individuals. Publications relating to the festival, art, and poetry are also included as well as a proclamation of World Poetry Day. Additionally, a poster from the 10th annual festival (OVA 234) and a small collection of photographs and photographic negatives (PSC 248 and PSCN 248) are included as well as a hat worn by Mildred Trivers at her 90th birthday party in 2002.


  • Creation: 1988 - 1999

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 Humpback Barn Festival began in 1990, showcasing local artists and poets in and around Muncie, Indiana. Incorporated on April 23, 1992, the Humpback Barn Festival of Poetry and Art further pledged its dedication to exposing local talent. The group worked with the Muncie Artists’ Guild, the 401 Poetry Group, the Ball State Faculty Creative Arts Grant, and other devoted individuals to bring attention to local artistic and poetic talent. The organization held the Humpback Barn Festival annually in October, which involved the exhibition of art and poetry as well larger exhibits that were contained in separate homes and buildings in Muncie. The festival has drawn crowds of over 200 people and 30 poets, and various dance troops and area musicians have performed in the festival as well.


1 Cubic Feet (3 boxes and 1 folder)

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This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Humpback Barn Festival poetry, ceremonies, and other material, 1988-1998

Series 2: Humpback Barn Festival festival documents, 1991-2002

Series 3: Humpback Barn Festival publications and other subject files, 1990-2002

Series 4: Humpback Barn Festival oversize poster, 1999

Series 5: Humpback Barn Festival photographs, 1990-1992

Series 6: Humpback Barn Festival photograph negatives, 1990-1992

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as donation from Lucas Lawrence on 1994/12/31. Additional materials were donated by Lucas Lawrence on 1995/12/07. Additional materials were donated by Larry Lucas on 1997/03/11. Additional materials were donated by Larry Lucas on 1997/10/23. Additional materials were donated by Lucas Lawrence on 2003/10/07.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2003/10/20 by A. Stone. Collection additions processing completed 2005/10 by J. Gastineau. Collection processing updated 2006/08 by J. Gastineau. EAD finding aid created 2012/10/18 by Julie Hausknecht. EAD finding aid revised 2013/10/30 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