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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

Collection consists of various archival materials relating to the history of Muncie and Delaware County: miscellaneous archival items, photographs, oversize images, negatives, framed images, and bound reference materials (books).

Image of Yearbook - The Orient

Yearbook - The Orient

Yearbook: The Orient, 1939, Ball State Teachers College.

Program -

Program: Muncie Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner Meeting Honoring Ball State Teachers College, held at the Masonic Temple.

Image of Material, Archival - Ball State University Teachers College:  A Survey in Pictures
Retrospec

Material, Archival - Ball State University Teachers College: A Survey in Pictures Retrospec

Booklet of images of Ball State University Teachers College and yearbook from Farmland High School.

Newspaper - The Muncie Evening Press

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

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 Postcard - Aerial view of Ball State Teachers' College, Muncie, Indiana

Postcard - Aerial view of Ball State Teachers' College, Muncie, Indiana

Postcard: Aerial view of Ball State Teachers College, Muncie, Indiana.

Image of Postcard - L.A. Pittenger Student Center, Ball State Teachers' College, Muncie, Indiana.

Postcard - L.A. Pittenger Student Center, Ball State Teachers' College, Muncie, Indiana.

Postcard: L.A. Pittenger Student Center, Ball State Teachers' College, Muncie, Indiana.

Image of Postcard - The Village, Muncie, Indiana.  Ball State Teachers' College shopping center.

Postcard - The Village, Muncie, Indiana. Ball State Teachers' College shopping center.

Postcard: The Village, Muncie, Indiana. Ball State Teachers' College shopping center.

Image of Postcard - Practical Arts Building, Ball State Teachers College, Muncie, Ind.

Postcard - Practical Arts Building, Ball State Teachers College, Muncie, Ind.

Postcard: Practical Arts Building, Ball State Teachers College, Muncie, Indiana.

Image of Postcard - Administration Building, Ball State Teachers College, Muncie, Ind.

Postcard - Administration Building, Ball State Teachers College, Muncie, Ind.

Postcard: Administration Building, Ball State Teachers College, Muncie, Indiana.

Image of Postcard - Burris Laboratory School, Ball State Teachers' College, Muncie, Indiana.

Postcard - Burris Laboratory School, Ball State Teachers' College, Muncie, Indiana.

Postcard: Burris Laboratory School, Ball State Teachers' College, Muncie, Indiana.

Image of Postcard - F. E. Ball Memorial Hall, Men's Dormitory, Ball State Teacher's College, Muncie, Ind.

Postcard - F. E. Ball Memorial Hall, Men's Dormitory, Ball State Teacher's College, Muncie, Ind.

Postcard: F.E. Ball Memorial Hall, Ball State Teachers College, Muncie, Indiana. The dormitory is also known as Elliott Hall, named for Frank Elliott Ball, son of Frank Clayton Ball.

Image of Postcard - Administration Building

Postcard - Administration Building

Postcard: Administration Building, Ball State Teachers College, Muncie, Indiana. Dedicated in 1899 and housed all classes and the administration offices.

Image of Postcard - Physical Education Building for Men

Postcard - Physical Education Building for Men

Postcard: Physical Education Building for Men (later University Gym then Irving Gym), Ball State Teachers College, Muncie, Indiana.

Image of Postcard - L. A. Pittenger Student Center

Postcard - L. A. Pittenger Student Center

Postcard: L. A. Pittenger Student Center at Ball State Teachers College, Muncie, Indiana. The student center was completed in 1961.

Image of Postcard - View of the Attractive F. E. Ball Memorial Hall, Men's Dormitory, Ball State Teachers' College, Muncie, Ind.

Postcard - View of the Attractive F. E. Ball Memorial Hall, Men's Dormitory, Ball State Teachers' College, Muncie, Ind.

Postcard: F.E. Ball Memorial Hall, Ball State Teachers College, Muncie, Indiana. The dormitory is also known as Elliott Hall, named for Frank Elliott Ball, son of Frank Clayton Ball.