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Society of Indiana Archivists records

Identifier: SPEC-063

Scope and Contents

This collection includes constitutions, by-laws, articles of incorporation, correspondence, newsletters and other publications, meeting and workshop records, and membership directories and applications from the Society of Indiana Archivists ranging from 1970 to 2013 documenting the activities of the organization's officers and members.


  • 1970-2013

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 Society of Indiana Archivists, Inc. (SIA) was founded in 1972 after Indiana archivists attending the 1971 Society of American Archivists meeting in San Francisco acknowledged the need for an organization and clearing house for archival problems at the local level. From their first meeting on January 15, 1972, the six founding Society of Indiana Archivists members began the task of building an organization that would bring together not only professional archivists, but librarians, manuscript curators, university personnel, local historical society members, and other persons interested in historic preservation in the state.

The stated purpose of the Society of Indiana Archivists is "to provide the means by which individuals engaged in archival and manuscript work in Indiana can cooperate to promote archival depositories and their use; develop an archival and manuscript methodology in Indiana through sharing concepts, techniques, and guidelines; foster standards of competence in archival and manuscript repositories within the state; abide by the Society of American Archivists' code of ethics; promote cooperation among archivists, historians, librarians, records managers, and others in related disciplines; support the exchange of ideas; and serve as a liaison among individuals and organizations who work with archival collections."

The SIA membership meets two times peryear, once in the fall and once in the spring. One meeting per year is designated as a meeting for the members to present and learn about current issues related to the preservation and administration of archival records.

Source: Society of Indiana Archivists, "Society of Indiana Archivists". (last accessed September 4, 2015).


3.8 Cubic Feet (6 boxes; digital files (50.6 MB))

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This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Organizational records, 1973-2011

Series 2: Correspondence, 1972-2011

Series 3: Newsletters, 1974-2010

Series 4: Meeting records, 1972-2012

Series 5: Membership records, 1970-2011

Series 6: Born digital records, 2007-2013

Series 7: Audio recordings, 1983

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from Wes Wilson from the Society of Indiana Archivists in December 6, 2010. Additions were made to the collection as donations from Kate Cruikshank in August 27, 2014, Diane J. Bever in June 24, 2015, Carol Street in September 27, 2016, and Wes Wilson in March 14, 2016 and October 5, 2017.


The repository continues to add materials to this collection on a regular basis.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2011/03/29 by Helen Boyer. EAD finding aid created 2011/04/03 by Helen Boyer. EAD finding aid revised 2011/04/03 by Bethany Fiechter. EAD finding aid revised 2012/11/29. EAD finding aid revised 2013/09/03 by Rebecca Marangelli, 2014/10/10 by Emily Rapoza, 2014/12/03 by Brandon Pieczko, and 2015/06/25 by Lindsey M. Vesperry. Addition processing completed 2018/01/10 by Mackenzie Stahl. EAD finding aid revised 2018/01/18 by Lindsey M. Vesperry.
Society of Indiana Archivists records
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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