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Pittenger family correspondence and photographs

Identifier: MSS-281

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence between John and Caroline Johnson Pittenger and other members of the Pittenger family (1910-1933), advertisements from local businesses (undated), and two brochures related to local school activities (1933-1955). The Edith Pittenger Photographs (PSC 335, 1890-1970s) include photographs of natural gas wells in Delaware County, photographs of the Ball State University campus, and photographs of surgeons from Ball Memorial Hospital taken by Edith Pittenger.


  • 1910 - 1933

Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

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 Pittenger family has traced its roots to Richard Pittenger, an emigrant from Holland, from where the family fled from religious persecution. The family was Puritan and believed to have immigrated to the United States for this reason. The Pittenger family correspondence has letters from 1910-1933, and centers around the John and Caroline Johnson Pittenger family. These individuals are also relatives of Ball State University’s eighth President Lemuel A. Pittenger.


1 Cubic Feet (1 box)


Arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Pittenger family documents, 1933-1955

Series 2: Pittenger family correspondence, 1910-1933

Series 3: Edith Pittenger photographs, 1890-1970

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from Mrs. Edith Pittenger on 2007/11/01 and 2008/05/16.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries, Muncie IN:

PSC 335: Edith Pittenger Photographs

Pittenger Family File

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2009/06/02 by Bridget K. Hahn. Finding aid created 2009/06/02 by Bridget K. Hahn. EAD finding aid created 2009/06/03 by Bridget K. Hahn.

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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