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Deeter family papers

Identifier: MSS-283

Scope and Contents

This collection includes papers and photographs from the Deeter family in Muncie, Indiana ranging from 1920s to 1980s regarding business, correspondence, education, organizations, and publications. Many of the letters are written from Joseph Bosman to Ida Forrest and reveal his life in World War II service from 1942 to 1944.


  • 1920s - 1980s

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 Deeter family were residents of South Bluffton (though some is listed as Eaton) Indiana. Ida Forrest Bosman Deeter, the family matriarch, was born sometime in 1887 and married Bert Deeter. Together they had two sons: Harry H. Deeter and Joseph Deeter. On October 6, 1941, Ida was notified by the Muncie Chapter American Red Cross that her son Jospeh Bosman had "entered the service of our country" serving in the Army Tank Corps.

Joseph Deeter was born in Eaton on April 24, 1917 and a graduate of Eaton High School. After his service, he began his career as a barber, working at Main Street Barber Shop before opening Deeter's West Side Barber Shop in 1951. He passed away on May 20, 1980.


1 Cubic Feet (3 boxes)

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This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Deeter family papers, 1920-1980

Series 2: Deeter family photographs, 1930-1950

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from Janie Racer on 2007/08/30.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

EAD finding aid created 2012/10/22 by Julie Hausknecht. EAD finding aid revised 2013/11/04 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