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Bracken family papers

Identifier: MSS-344

Scope and Contents

This collection includes journals, notebooks, correspondence, professional records, political awards, autographs, genealogies, photographs, video recordings, scrapbooks, and realia from the Bracken family in Muncie, Indiana ranging from 1776 to 2010 regarding Bracken family genealogy and Civil War history, Muncie and Delaware County history, Ball Corporation, and the Ball State University Board of Trustees.


  • Creation: circa 1776-2010

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

Biographical notes for the individual members and branches of the Bracken family included in this collection have been provided at the series level.


25.6 Cubic Feet (37 boxes, oversized materials, maps)

Language of Materials



Arranged in the following series and subseries:

Series 1: Alexander M. Bracken papers, 1925-1992

Subseries 1.1: Day journals, 1935-1941, 1946-1948, 1951-1987

Subseries 1.2: Day planners and notebooks, 1934-1935, 1960s, 1973-1987

Subseries 1.3: Personal correspondence and records, 1925-1958, 1990-1992

Subseries 1.4: Professional papers, 1944-1992

Subseries 1.5: School papers, commencement programs, and yearbooks, 1923-1932, 1969

Series 2: Ball-Bell-Bingham-Brady family papers, 1776-1997

Series 3: Bracken-McKnight-Archer-Kerrick family papers, 1797-1999

Series 4: Frank A. Bracken papers, 1881-2010

Subseries 4.1: Ball Corporation records, 1996, 2001-2006

Subseries 4.2: Ball State University records, 1968-1986, 1993-2010

Subseries 4.3: Personal papers, 1881, 1915, 1941-1975, 1991, 2001

Subseries 4.4: Professional papers, 1964, 1994-2007

Subseries 4.5: Professional photographs, certificates, and plaques 1960-2004

Series 5: Rosemary Ball Bracken papers, 1915-1994, 2002

Subseries 5.1: Correspondence and personal papers, 1917-1994

Subseries 5.2: Day journals, 1935-1988

Subseries 5.3: Notebooks, books, and scrapbooks, 1915-1982

Subseries 5.4: School papers, certificates, and yearbooks, 1923-1932, 1957, 2002

Series 6: Thomas E. and Margaret Bracken papers, 1846-1966

Subseries 6.1: Thomas E. Bracken day journals, 1927, 1932, 1937, 1951-1966

Subseries 6.2: Thomas E. and Margaret Bracken papers, 1946-1966

Series 7: Bracken family photograph collection, 1789-1940s, c.1980s-1990s

Subseries 7.1: Ball-Bell-Bingham-Brady family photographs, 1789-1940s, c. 1980s-1990s

Subseries 7.2: Bracken-McKnight-Archer-Kerrick family photographs, 1800s-1990s

Series 8: Bracken family video recordings, 1929-1999

Series 9: Bracken family realia, undated

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from Frank A. and Judy Bracken on 2014/05/15.


Further additions are expected.

Related Archival Materials

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

MSS.207: Bracken House collection

R.051: Rosemary Bracken oral History interview

RG.02.05.02: Alexander M. Bracken records

SPEC.094: Frank A. Bracken Civil War collection

Separated Materials

Books included in this collection were separated during processing and individually cataloged.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/08/21 by Rebecca Marangelli. EAD finding aid created 2014/05/20 by Rebecca Marangelli. EAD finding aid revised 2015/04/27 by Brandon Pieczko. EAD finding aid revised 2017/06/14 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