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Robert Stassen Burris Laboratory School collection

Identifier: MSS-253

Scope and Contents

This collection mostly consists of materials related to Burris High School athletics, senior classes from the 1930s and 1940s and subsequent reunion materials from selected classes from the time period. News clippings, commencement programs and a memory book can be found in the collection. Fisher’s scrapbook includes team stats and information and also includes photos of Burris athletic teams (including the basketball teams), photographs of basketball players and members of the track team. A section of the Burris High School gym is also included in the collection.


  • Creation: 1930-1992

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

Established in 1929, as a part of Ball State University’s Teachers College and Muncie Schools, Burris School was named after Dr. Benjamin Burris, Dean of the Ball State University’s Teachers College at the time of the construction of the school. Since 1974, it has seen a separate school district and is no longer considering a part of the Muncie Schools. In 1990, Burris, with the addition of the Indiana Academy of Science, Mathematic and Humanities became a part of University Schools, which gives Ball State University’s Board of Trustees the ultimate authority on school policies.

The bulk of the materials in this collection surround the scrapbook of Burris High School basketball coach, Scott Fisher, who was an Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. In 1929, he established Burris’ basketball program, who would go on to dominate East Central Indiana basketball, including 6 straight sectional titles from 1939-1944, participating in the Final Four in 1938 and won over 85% of games he coached while at Burris.


0.3 Cubic Feet (2 boxes and 1 folder)

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This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Robert Stassen Burris Laboratory School records, 1930-1992

Series 2: Robert Stassen Burris Laboratory School photographs, 1930-1944

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2006/09 by R. Miller. EAD finding aid created 2012/10/19 by Julie Hausknecht. EAD finding aid revised 2012/11/06 by Bethany Fiechter.

Robert Stassen Burris Laboratory School collection
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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