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Altrusa International records

Identifier: SPEC-091

Scope and Contents

This collection includes articles of incorporation, bylaws, and other administrative records; Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and International Conference meeting minutes and proceedings; convention programs; anniversary commemorative booklets; newsletters and other publications; awards and certificates; subject files; photographs; and video recordings from Altrusa International, Inc. for the years 1918-2017.


  • 1918 - 2017

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

Altrusa International was founded in 1917 in Nashville, TN as a non-profit organization for business and professional women that focused primarily on community service. The club aims to improve economic well-being and the quality of life through community service and literacy. The first local clubs were organized cooperatively by Dr. Alfred Durham, a Kiwanis member who organized clubs in Nashville, TN, Louisville, KY, Dayton, OH, and Indianapolis, IN, and Mamie L. Bass, who had served as the Superintendent of the Women's Division of the United States Employment Services. In 1918, the Altrusa Institute held its first convention in Indianapolis. The Altrusa Institute was later renamed the National Association of Altrusa Clubs and adopted the organization's first bylaws. By 1922, Altrusa had twenty national divisions, and the first international division was founded in Mexico in 1935. In 1966, ASTRA service clubs were established to encourage young people ages 13 to 21 to participate in community service. In 1989, Altrusa International adopted a resolution to promote environmental concerns through service projects. As of 2008, Altrusa International consists of 383 local clubs in 13 countries with nearly 10,000 members worldwide.

Source: Altrusa International, "The History of Altrusa." (last accessed November 8, 2016).


24.8 Cubic Feet (28 boxes, 4 U-matic videotapes)

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Arranged in the following series and subseries:

Series 1: Altrusa International administrative records, 1918-2011

Series 2: Altrusa International convention programs, 1922-2009

Series 3: Altrusa International minutes and proceedings, 1922-2011

Subseries 3.1: International conference minutes and proceedings, 1922-2007

Subseries 3.2: Board of Directors minutes and proceedings, 1966-2011

Subseries 3.3: Executive Committee minutes and proceedings, 1924-2009

Series 4: Altrusa International publications, 1922-2012

Subseries 4.1: Altrusa Accent, 1986-2005

Subseries 4.2: International Altrusan, 1922-2012

Series 5: Altrusa International anniversary commemorations, 1939-2017

Series 6: Altrusa International awards, certificates, and other recognitions, 1967, 1992, 2016-2017

Series 7: Altrusa International video recordings, 1989

Series 8: Altrusa International subject files, 1917-2015

Series 9: Altrusa International photographs, 1918-2009

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from Altrusa International on 2014/01/16. Additions received 2016/09/07 and 2016/11/10 by Silvia Silverman. Third addition received 2017/07/31.


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

SPEC.043: Altrusa Club District Six records

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/03/31 by Lindsey M Vesperry. EAD finding aid created 2014/03/31 by Lindsey M Vesperry. EAD finding aid revised 2014/03/31 by Lindsey M Vesperry. Addition processing completed 2016/11/03 by Lindsey M. Vesperry. EAD finding aid revised 2016/11/03 by Lindsey M. Vesperry. Addition processing completed and EAD finding aid revised 2016/11/10 by Lindsey M. Vesperry. Addition processing completed 2018/02/28 by Cody Sprunger. EAD finding aid revised 2018/03/12 by Lindsey M. Vesperry.

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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