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Central States Communication Association records

Identifier: SPEC-096

Scope and Contents

This collection includes administrative and financial records, journals, annual conference programs, oversize posters, video recordings, and born-digital records from the Central States Communication Association (previously Central States Speech Association) for the years 1937-2022.


  • Creation: 1937-2014

Language of Materials

Materials in English and German.

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 Central States Communication Association (CSCA) is a professional, academic organization of primary and secondary school teachers, students, college and university professors, and communication professionals. The organization was founded in 1931 as the Central States Speech Association with the goal of promoting the communication discipline in educational, scholarly, and professional endeavors. In 1989, the organization changed its name from Central States Speech Association to Central States Communication Association. To reflect the organization's official name change, the title of the organization's journal was also changed from Central States Speech Journal toCommunication Studies beginning with Vol. 40, No. 1 (Spring 1989).

The association isgoverned by an Executive Committee and is legislated by its constitution and by-laws. The association's membership includes the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. CSCA has 22 Interest Groups, Caucuses, and Sections that promote particular communication areas. The association hosts a yearly convention within the 13 membership states, maintains a website, publishes a newsletter three times yearly, and publishes the journal Communication Studies on a quarterly basis.

Source: "About CSCA." (last accessed 2014/07/15)


4.3 Cubic Feet (6 boxes, 160 digital files (87.75 MB))

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from Central States Communication Association on 2014/05/13.

Addition received 2023-06-28 by the Central States Communication Association.


Further additions are expected.

Existence and Location of Copies

Select materials from this collection have been digitized and are available online in the Ball State University Libraries Digital Media Repository:

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:

SPEC.098: Eastern Communication Association records

Processing Information

Collection processing completed and EAD finding aid created 2014/07/07 by Kasey Mock. Processing and EAD finding aid revised 2014/07/17 by Brandon Pieczko. Addition processing completed 2023/10/26 by Jake Bickel. EAD finding aid revised 2023/10/26 by Lindsey Vesperry.

Central States Communication Association 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