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Altrusa Club District Six records

Identifier: SPEC-043

Scope and Contents

This collection includes administrative records, award/conference/workshop materials, local club records, financial records, meeting minutes, membership records, newsletters and other publication, scrapbooks, yearbooks, and born digital records from District Six of Altrusa International for the years 1922-2020.


  • Creation: 1922 - 2020

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.

Administrative History

The Altrusa Club was founded in 1917 by Dr. Alfred Durham. It was originally started as a national club for business and professional women. The club became Altrusa International in 1934. Altrusa International is a non-profit organization that focuses on community service. As of 2008, the international club has 10,000 members, 383 clubs, and is located in 13 countries. Altrusa International has a consultative role in the United Nations.

District Six contains clubs from Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky. The district was founded in 1955, however it contains one of the earliest clubs in Altrusa - Indianapolis. District Six has 39 clubs across the three states, and has more than 1000 members. The district has 2 ASTRA clubs, which are focused on leadership development and community service for young people. These two clubs are located in Muncie and Terre Haute. Each club organizes and participates in service projects and fundraising.

As of July 2014, the following Altrusa District Six clubs have disbanded: Anderson, Indiana; Bowling Green, Kentucky; Calumet Area, Indiana; Chicago, Illinois; Danville, Illinois; Elkhart County, Indiana; Fort Wayne, Indiana; Glasgow-Barron County, Indiana; Logansport, Indiana; Northern Kentucky Area; Peoria, Illinois; Peru, Indiana; Portland, Indiana; and Richmond, Indiana.


14.1 Cubic Feet (18 boxes, 1 oversize box, 433 digital files (83.1 MB))

0.878 Megabytes (3 .docx files and 3 .pdf files)

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This collection is arranged in the following series and subseries:

Series 1: Administrative records, 1966-2009

Subseries 1.1: Governing documents, 1966-2007

Subseries 1.2: Strategic planning documents, 1990-2007

Subseries 1.3: Organizational documents, 1968-2009

Series 2: Award, Conference, and Workshop materials, 1968-2013

Subseries 2.1: Award documents, 2002-2013

Subseries 2.2: Conference and workshop materials, 1968-2003

Series 3: District Six Member Club records, 1922-2014

Subseries 3.1: Correspondence, 1973-2011

Subseries 3.2: Club visit reports, 1960-2011

Subseries 3.3: Indiana club documents, 1922-2014

Subseries 3.4: Illinois club documents, 1922-2014

Subseries 3.5: Kentucky club documents, 1965-2014

Subseries 3.6: District Six and International documents, 2009-2011

Series 4: Financial records, 1969-2014

Subseries 4.1: Expense records, receipts, and other financial records, 1981-2012

Subseries 4.2: Financial statements and budgets, 1991-2014

Subseries 4.3: Treasurer reports, 1969-2008

Subseries 4.4: Membership invoices, 2000-2001, 2005-2006

Series 5: Meeting minutes, 1955-2007

Series 6: Membership records, 1989-2011

Subseries 6.1: Membership lists and reports, 1989-2008

Subseries 6.2: Directories and yearbooks, 1969-2011

Series 7: Publications, 1968-2015

Subseries 7.1: Publicity documents, 1968, 1971-1974, 1992, 1995-2002

Subseries 7.2: Newsletters, 1992-2015

Series 8: Scrapbooks, 1948-1994

Series 9: Born digital records, 2000-2020

Subseries 9.1: District Six records, 2000-2020

Subseries 9.2: Local club records, 2003-2005

Subseries 9.3: Newsletters, 2006-2015

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation on 2008/10/02 by Linda S. Barb. Additions were received on 2011/09/01, 2012/04/30, 2012/10/30, 2013/03/08, and 2013/06/13 by Linda S. Barb; 2013/07/16 by Elaine Wolfe; 2013/07/23 by Tracy Curtis; and 2014/01/16, 2015/5/7, and 2017/02/14 by Linda S. Barb. A digital addition was received 2020/04/16.


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.054: Altrusa Club of Muncie, Inc. records and photographs

PSC.105: Altrusa Club of Muncie photographs

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2009/01/13 by Maren Read. EAD finding aid created 2013/05/20 Julie Hausknecht. EAD finding aid revised 2013/08/20 by Leslie Nellis. EAD finding aid revised 2013/09/17 by Rebecca Marangelli, 2014/05/15 by Kasey Mock, and 2014/07/28 by Brandon Pieczko. EAD finding aid revised 2014/08/27 by Emily Rapoza. EAD finding aid revised 2015/06/15 by Brandon Pieczko. Addition processing completed 2017/04/24 by Justin Brown. EAD finding aid revised 2017/05/01 by Lindsey M. Vesperry. Addition processed 2020/04/16 and EAD finding aid revised 2021/08/31 by Ely Sheinfeld.

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Alexander M. Bracken Library
2000 W. University Avenue
Muncie Indiana 47306 USA