0.8 cubic feet (2 boxes).
This collection is arranged in the following series: Series 1: World War I veterans documents, 1919-1986. Series 2: World War I veterans oral history interview summaries, undated. Series 3: World War I veterans oral history audio recordings, 1978-1982. Series 4: World War I veterans interview video, 2002. Series 5: World War I veterans oversized photos, circa 1888-1928.
This collection contains the audio recordings and edited transcripts of oral history interviews with World War I veterans conducted by William J. Nye, James Andrews, P. Douglas Magers, and Jerry Handfield between 1978 and 1982. Also included are interview video recording about the Blizzard of 1978 in Delaware County, records documenting the deaths of World War I veterans and casualties of the Vietnam War, and Nye's research notes.
William J. Nye, a reference librarian for more than 24 years at the Ball State University Libraries, was born in Keokuk, Iowa. After graduating from Keokuk High School in 1944, Mr. Nye served in the U.S. Army from 1944-1947. He received his college degree from Carthage College in Illinois and came to Muncie in 1964. Mr. Nye also attended Central Lutheran Theological Seminary in Fremont, Nebraska, and served as a United Lutheran minister for several years. Mr. Nye retired from his library position in 1987 and died August 26, 1992. Mr. Nye was interested in local history, especially the experiences of local men who served in World War I..
Processing information: Collection processing updated 2006/04 by J. E. Gastineau. Collection processing updated 2007/01 by R. N. Miller. EAD finding aid created 2012/10/09 by Julie Hausknecht. EAD finding aid updated 2013/10/28 by Rebecca Marangelli and 2014/12/03 by Brandon Pieczko.
This collection is open for research.
William J. Nye World War I veterans history collection, Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries.
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.
Electronic finding aid available on the Internet: https://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/123456789/197934.
No further additions are expected.