Search Term Record

  • Email This Page
  • Send Feedback
Name Ball State Teachers College
Details Ball State University had its start in 1876 as a private university called the Eastern Indiana Normal School. The entire school, including classrooms, library, and president's residence were housed in what is today's Frank A. Bracken Administration Building. The one-building school had a peak enrollment of 256 and charged $10 for a year's tuition. It operated until the spring of 1901, when it was closed by its president, F.A.Z. Kumler, due to lack of funding. A year later, in the autumn of 1902, the school reopened as Palmer University for the next three years when Francis Palmer, a retired Indiana banker, gave the school a $100,000 endowment.

Between 1905 and 1917, the school dropped the Palmer name and operated as the Indiana Normal College. It had two divisions, the Normal School for educating teachers and the College of Applied Sciences. The school had an average enrollment of about 200 students. Due to diminishing enrollment and lack of funding, school president Francis Ingler closed Indiana Normal College at the end of the 1906–1907 school year. Between 1907 and 1912, the campus sat unused.

In 1912, a group of local investors led by Michael Kelly reopened the school as the Indiana Normal Institute. To pay for updated materials and refurbishing the once-abandoned Administration Building, the school operated under a mortgage from the Muncie Trust Company. Although the school had its largest student body with a peak enrollment of 806, officials could not maintain mortgage payments, and the school was forced to close once again in June 1917 when the Muncie Trust Company initiated foreclosure proceedings.

On July 25, 1917, the Ball brothers, local industrialists and founders of the Ball Corporation, bought the Indiana Normal Institute and surrounding land from foreclosure for $35,100. In early 1918, during the Indiana General Assembly's short session, state legislators accepted the gift of the school and land by the Ball Brothers. This gift became the Indiana State Normal School Eastern Division, which opened in 1918 to meet Indiana’s need for more and better teachers.

In recognition of the Ball family’s generosity, the Indiana General Assembly changed the school's name to Ball Teachers College in 1922 and then Ball State Teachers College in 1929.

In 1965, the Indiana General Assembly renamed the college Ball State University, acknowledging its phenomenal growth in enrollment and facilities, the variety and quality of its educational programs and services, and the anticipation of the broader role it would play in the state’s future.

Associated Records

Newspaper - The Easterner

Newspaper: The Easterner, vol. 7, no. 10

Newspaper - Ball State Teachers College Bulletin

Newspaper: Ball State Teachers College Bulletin, 28, no. 1.

Newspaper - The Muncie Evening Press

Newspaper: The Muncie Evening Press, vol. 57, no. 174.

Image of Material, Archival

Material, Archival -

Items related to Marjorie J. Galliher's medical career.

Material, Archival -

Materials relating to the Bond, Gause, Robinson, McShurley, and Templeton families.

Material, Archival -

Materials relating to birds, flowers, Delaware County, Muncie Methodist churches, and news articles on ECI topics. Collection of postcards from East Central Indiana, Indiana, the United States, and several foreign countries.

Material, Archival -

The Marshall Sipe collection contains World War II correspondence to Marshall Sipe (who was serving in the U.S.Army), Civil Defense videotapes and related information, newspapers, news clippings, books, booklets, photographs, a marriage certificate for Raymond Sipe and Josephine O'Neill, commencement programs from Southside High School and Muncie Central High School, and miscellaneous archival materials related to the Sipe family.

Image of Material, Archival - Ball Corp Collection

Material, Archival - Ball Corp Collection

The collection primarily documents the history of Ball Corporation and contains related materials about the Ball family. The scope of the collection covers Lucius S. Ball's egg carrier patents, the relocation of the glass company to Muncie, Indiana, various products and subsidiaries, and the company's move into the field of aerospace engineering. Ball Blue Books Duplicates - publications F.C. Ball Memoirs printing plates Guestbooks Miscellaneous: A-W News Clippings: A-Z Oversize materials Photos / Images: - Ball - BBRC/Aerospace - Laminated images - Negatives, Slides, etc. Publications: - Ball - non-Ball

Image of Plate, Printing

Plate, Printing -

Copper printing plate mounted on a wood block with paper on the bottom. The image is an architect's drawing of the Frank Elliott Ball residence hall at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana.

Image of Plate, Printing

Plate, Printing -

Copper printing plate mounted on a wood block that has paper adhered to the bottom side. The photographic image of the plate features from left to right: Dr. Glen Frank, George A. Ball, L. A. Pittenger and Frank C. Ball. This photograph was taken at the unveiling ceremonies of the statue of Beneficence on Ball State University's campus.

Image of Plate, Printing

Plate, Printing -

Copper printing plate mounted on a wood block. The image is of a commemorative silver trowel presented to F.C. Ball upon the laying of the cornerstone for the Frank Elliott Ball Residence Hall at Ball State University. Writing on the trowel: TROWEL / USED BY / FRANK C. BALL / IN LAYING THE / CORNER STONE / OF / FRANK ELLIOTT BALL / RESIDENCE / HALL / OCTOBER 9 / 1937.

Image of Plate, Printing

Plate, Printing -

Copper printing plate mounted on a wood block. The image is of the unveiling of the statue Beneficence, dedicated to the Ball brothers, located on Ball State University's campus.

Image of Plate, Printing

Plate, Printing -

Copper printing plate mounted on a block of wood. The image is of Frank C. Ball and sister Frances Ball, taken as children in 1862.

Image of Plate, Printing

Plate, Printing -

Copper printing plate mounted on a block of wood. The image is a street scene of Drexel Institute. Lucina A. Ball assisted in establishing this Philadelphia school which opened in 1891.

Image of Plate, Printing

Plate, Printing -

Metal printing plate mounted on a wood block. The image is of the Frank C. Ball glass machine. The caption below the image reads: "First Glass Jar Machine, F. C. Ball Patent No. 610515 (1898)".

Image of Plate, Printing

Plate, Printing -

Copper printing plate mounted on a wood block. The image is of the Ball-Bingham glass machine, a semi-automatic machine that was developed in 1900.

Image of Plate, Printing

Plate, Printing -

Copper printing plate mounted on a wood block. The image is of the Owens glass bottle machine.

Image of Plate, Printing

Plate, Printing -

Copper printing plate mounted on a block of wood. The image shows a production line in the Ball Brothers Company factory. The caption below the image reads: "Conveyor from Machine to Lehr (1922)".

Image of Plate, Printing

Plate, Printing -

Copper printing plate mounted on a wood block. The image is of a Ball railroad car that was part of the Muncie & Western Railroad Company.

Image of Plate, Printing

Plate, Printing -

Copper printing plate mounted on a wood block. The image is based on an aerial drawing of the Ball Brothers Company Muncie, Indiana pla