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Fran Parkison library curriculum collection

Identifier: MSS-247

Scope and Contents

The collection contains a 35-week library curriculum, as well as sample lesson plans for kindergarten through sixth grades. Teaching tools on such library topics as the Dewey Decimal system, alphabetical ordering, parts of a book, and fiction and nonfiction books are also in the collection. Teaching resources provide information on discipline, objectives and competencies, and the importance of reading to a child. As well as teaching information, Parkison also included ideas and samples of games to learn about the library environment.

The administration folders hold a sampling of library reports, handbooks, a library bill of rights, and library rules and procedures.

Included in the collection are materials from famous children’s author Mark Harshman. Harshman was invited to Parkison’s elementary school to speak in 1997, and the collection comprises correspondence, photos from the day, biographical information, book sales and purchases of his book by students, and miscellaneous materials concerning his visit.


  • Creation: 1961 - 1997

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

Fran Parkison received a Bachelors of Science in Language Arts, Journalism, and Library Science in 1960 and received her Masters of Education in 1963. The daughter of famed local author, Dorothy Hamilton, Parkison worked as a librarian in surrounding Muncie schools. From 1960 to 1963, she worked as the Union City High School librarian and for 1963-64, she was employed as a librarian at Selma Junior-Senior High School. In 1983, she began teaching at Monroe Central Elementary School and served as the elementary librarian during the scope of this collection.


1 Cubic Feet (1 box)

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This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Mark Harshman files, 1996-1997

Series 2: Administrative files, 1961-1997

Series 3: Library instruction documents, 1976-1999

Series 4: Fran Parkison photograph collection, ca. 1960-1963

Series 5: Fran Parkison negatives, undated

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from Fran Parkison on 2006/05/03.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2006/06/05 by R. Miller. EAD finding aid created 2012/10/19 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