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Vernon Freeman family papers and photographs

Identifier: MSS-245

Scope and Contents

This collection includes financial records, real estate records, correspondence, minutes, yearbooks, photographs, genealogy and other material from the Vernon Freeman family in Delaware County, Indiana ranging from 1850 to 2009 regarding the operations of the Freeman family farm, the establishment and operation of the Farmington Meadows planned community, and the lives of the Freeman and Russell families.


  • Creation: 1850-2009

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

The Freeman family settled in Delaware County, Indiana in 1835, when Isaac and Jemima Moore Freeman moved their family from Ohio to a quarter section of land in Hamilton Township. The farm remained in the family for the next four generations.

Vernon Oran Freeman was born in 1919 and married Betty Russell Freeman, also of Delaware County, in 1940. The Freeman family continued farming in Hamilton Township through the 1990s. In 1969 Vernon and Betty Freeman began the development of the first planned communities in Delaware County, Indiana: Farmington subdivision, Farmington Meadows, and Farmington Country Estates. They continued to be actively involved in the development of those communities and the governance of the home owners association in Farming Meadows.

In addition to their contributions in agriculture and housing development, Vernon and Betty Freeman were actively involved in local government and civic organizations. Vernon Freeman served on the Delaware County Board of Zoning Appeals during the 1970s and early 1980s. He was also an aviator who served as president of the Delaware County Board of Aviation Commissioners in the late 1980s. Betty Freeman was appointed to the Muncie Growth Commission in 1994. Vernon Freeman was a fifty-year member of Delaware Lodge No. 46, Free and Accepted Masons, and Betty Freeman was a longtime member of the Philomathean Club. Vernon Freeman died in 1995.


4.1 Cubic Feet (8 boxes)

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Arranged in the following series and subseries:

Series 1: Vernon Freeman farm and real estate records, 1850-1996

Subseries 1.1: Delaware County Plat Books, 1957, 1970-1977

Subseries 1.2: Financial records, 1912-1927, 1947-1996

Subseries 1.3: Real estate records, 1850-1988

Subseries 1.4: Tax records, 1856-1893

Series 2: Farmington Meadows Association records, 1984-2008

Series 3: Vernon Freeman family personal papers, 1833-2009, PREDOMINANT 1954-2008

Subseries 3.1: Vernon and Betty Freeman family personal papers, 1833-2008

Subseries 3.2: Vernon and Betty Freeman family datebooks and planners, 1962-2009

Series 4: Vernon Freeman family yearbooks, 1921-1971

Subseries 4.1: Ball State University yearbooks, 1965

Subseries 4.2: Eaton High School yearbooks, 1921, 1923, 1949-1950

Subseries 4.3: Muncie Central High School yearbook, 1971s

Subseries 4.4: Royerton High School yearbooks, 1934-1946

Series 5: Vernon Freeman family photographs, circa 1910-2009

Series 6: Vernon Freeman Family oversize financial records and Russel Seed Farms ephemera, 1959-1990

Series 7: Vernon Freeman Family oversize maps, real estate records, and genealogical diagram, 1896, 1965-after 2001

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from Betty Freeman on 2005/10/31. Additions received by Archives and Special Collections as donations from Betty Freeman on 2010/03/25 and 2010/04/26. Additional materials donated by Betty Freeman on 2014/05/22.


No further additions are expected.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions of the Vernon Freeman family papers and photographs are available electronically in the Ball State University Digital Media Repository:

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.200: Cecil Madill farm records, 1925-1987

MSS.255: Philomathean Club collection, 1911-2009

Separated Materials

The following publications were separated and catalogued individually:

County Plant and Directory Company. Delaware County, Indiana: Official Farm Plat Book and Directory. LaPorte, Indiana: County Plat and Directory Company, 1961. (G 1403 .D6G46 C68 1961)

Town and Country Publishing Company. Delaware County, Indiana: Plat Book, Index of Owners, City Street Maps. LaPorte, Indiana: Town and Country Publishing Company, 1977. (G1403 .D6G46 T69 1977)

Town and Country Publishing Company. Delaware County, Indiana: Plat Book, Index of Owners, City Street Maps. LaPorte, Indiana: Town and Country Publishing Company, 1980. (G1403 .D6G46 T69 1980)

W. W. Hixson and Company. Plat Book of Delaware County, Indiana. Rockford, Illinois: W. W. Hixson and Company, 193?. (G1403 .D6G46 W23 1930z)

Angell, Norman. After All: The Autobiography of Sir Norman Angell. London: H. Hamilton, 1951. (JX1962 .A6 A3 1951A)

Metropolitan Planners, Inc. City of Muncie, Indiana, Thoroughfare Plan. Indianapolis, Indiana: Metropolitan Planners, 1956. (HE356.5 .M8 M48 1956)

Eddy, Darlene Mathis. Joy in the Morning. Cambridge, Mass.: Anne Miniver Press, 1997. (PS3555 .D386 J69 1997)

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2006 Jan. by J.E. Gastineau. Additions processed, arrangement revised, and EAD finding aid created 2012/10/01 by Stephen Jones. Addition processed and EAD finding aid updated by Kasey Mock on 2014/06/09.

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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