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Jakob Oster family papers

Identifier: SPEC-103

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, brochures, and programs from Jakob Oster and his family in the United States and Germany ranging from 1929 to 1950.


  • 1929 - 1950

Language of Materials

Materials in German and English.

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

Jakob Oster was born November 22, 1906 in northwest Germany. Sometime between World War I and World War II, he emigrated to the United States and settled in Flemington, New Jersey. He met his wife, Ida Kullmer, while living in New Jersey. Ida was also a German emigrant; she was born on July 23, 1916 in Bremen, Germany and moved to the United States when she was a child. Jakob and Ida had one child: a daughter named Diana.

After World War II, Jakob remained in contact with his family and friends in the North Rhine-Westphalia state in Germany, which was under British control at the time. He frequently sent C.A.R.E. packages, cigarettes, flour, and other goods to his relatives. He also made efforts to locate his brother, Walter, who was reported missing in action. His efforts were successful, and Walter returned home to his wife in Heppendorf in 1947.

Jakob died in 1972 and Ida on July 19, 2014 in Muncie, Indiana.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 box)


Arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Correspondence, 1930-1936, 1944-1950

Series 2: Newspaper clippings, 1930-1947

Series 3: Programs and brochures, 1929-1947

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from Diana Goddish on 2016/02/24.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from Diana Godish on 2016/02/24.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/04/14 by Lindsey M. Vesperry. EAD finding aid created 2016/04/14 by Lindsey M. Vesperry. EAD finding aid revised 2016/04/14 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