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Charlie Anderson papers and photographs

Identifier: MSS-249

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence, newspaper articles, meeting minutes, statistics, photographs, and other records ranging from 1937 to 2006 relating to Ball Brothers Corporation, Charles Anderson's work with union leaders in the Republic of Cyprus, his research in Denmark, his career working for U.A.W. Locals 93 (Ball Corp.) and 662 (Delco Remy), and various Democratic Party candidates and politicians. Also included is an audio recording of an interview conducted with Anderson in 2006.


  • Creation: 1937 - 2006

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

Charles R. Anderson was born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1923. He graduated from high school in Cambridge City in 1942 and majored in Accounting at Indiana Business College, graduating in 1950. Charles enlisted in 1942 and served in the United States Navy until 1946. He was trained as an Aviation Machinist 1st Class during his military commitment and served two years in the Pacific during World War II. After leaving the Navy, Anderson began working as a machinist at the Ball Brothers Corporation in Muncie, Indiana from 1947 to 1952. After a brief period working at the General Motors Allison plant in Indianapolis, Anderson returned to Ball Corporation in 1954, remaining employed there until 1971. During those years, Anderson became an active member of U.A.W. Local 93, serving as president six times. From 1971 until his retirement in 1992, Anderson worked at Delco Remy in Anderson and was an active member of U.A.W. Local 662. As a union representative, Anderson lobbied for the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Act (1985), the Highway Bill (1987), and various initiatives related to veterans' benefits reforms.

In 1963, Anderson worked for the State Department as Education Director for the Agency for International Development. As part of his duties, Anderson trained union leaders from the Republic of Cyprus, focusing specifically on teaching techniques and tactics to avoid communist infiltration in their unions. In 1978, Anderson traveled to Denmark on behalf of Senator Edward Kennedy in order to do research on the country's social reforms and legislation. Anderson also played an active role on the Ball State University Medical Development Committee, resulting in the construction of the Edward F. Ball Medical Education Center. In 1991, Charles received the prestigious Sagamore of the Wabash award from Governor Evan Bayh.

Charles Anderson died on January 4, 2009 at Community Hospital in Anderson, Indiana.


0.6 Cubic Feet (2 boxes, 1 audio cassette tape)

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Arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Anderson, Charlie documents, 1961-2006

Series 2: Anderson, Charlie photographs, 1937-1992

Series 3: Anderson, Charlie audio recording, 2006

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation by Warren Vander Hill on 2006/10/16 and 2016/02/08.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2012/05/10 by Robert Fucela. EAD finding aid created 2012/05/10 by Robert Fucela. EAD finding aid revised 2012/05/11 by Bethany Fiechter. EAD finding aid revised 2013/11/22 by Rebecca Marangelli and 2016/02/16 by Brandon Pieczko.

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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