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Reene Alley education papers

Identifier: SPEC.104

Scope and Contents

This collection includes documents, newspaper clippings, photographs, and realia from Reene Alley in Tallmadge, OH ranging from 1790, to 2007 regarding the history of education.


  • Creation: 1790, 1822-2007

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 / Historical Note / Administrative History

Reene Alley was an educator received her BS in Chemistry from Ball State University in 1957. She began her career in the math and sciences at the middle and high school levels in Norhtenr Indiana. In 1968 she became the first female junior high school assistant pricnipal in the area at Westland Junior High before moving onto principal of Wesfield Middle School. Alley went on to complete an MS in Mathematics at Purdue and an Ed.D. in School Administuration form Indiana University. From 1989 until 2002 she taught at the University of Akron and Youngstown State Univeristy.

Reene was active in her community and received several awards for her volunteer work. In 1989 she received the Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest civilian honor in the State of Indiana and most recently recieved the Community Service Award from the National Socieities of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was also an expert on McGuffy Readers and antqiue textbooks. Alley died on July 5 2015.


6 Cubic Feet (6 boxes)

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Arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Ohio Educational History, 1790, 1865-1935, 1962-2008

Series 2: Other States' Education History, 1822-1897, 1910-1935, 1966-1972, 1999-2007

Series 3: United States Education History, 1835-1870, 1924, 1935, 1971-2014

Series 4: Reene Alley Personal Papers, 1985-2007

Series 5: Material Items, 1838-1879, 1907-1999

Sereis 6: Gradebooks, Ledgers, and Scrapbooks, 1860-1876, 1907, 1937-1954

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a gift from the Reene Alley Estate on 2016/10/09.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 6016/06/21 by Ashley Purvis. EAD finding aid created 2016/06/03 by Rebecca Marangelli.

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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