Gene McCreery collection, 1790-2009

McCreery, Gene, 1912-2009


35.0 cubic feet (35 boxes).
This collection is arranged in the following series and subseries: Series 1: McCreery, Gene documents, 1790-2009. Subseries 1.1: McCreery, Gene personal documents, 1902-2009. Subseries 1.2: McCreery, Gene genealogy and history documents, 1790-2009. Subseries 1.3: McCreery, Gene affiliated organization documents, 1932-2000. Series 2: McCreery, Gene international documents, 1940-2005. Subseries 2.1: People to People International administrative documents, 1940-2005. Subseries 2.2: People to People International mission trips, 1956-2004. Subseries 2.3: Vietnam documents, 1944-2004. Subseries 2.4: Vietnam books, 1960-1970. Subseries 2.5: Asian books, 1960-1970. Subseries 2.6: USAID Egypt documents, 1954-1957. Subseries 2.7: People to People International Ethiopia documents, 1950-1967. Subseries 2.8: Miscellaneous books, 1897-1997. Series 3: McCreery, Gene travel guides, 1951-2002. Subseries 3.1: Africa travel guides, 1951-1994. Subseries 3.2: Middle East travel guides, 1952-2000. Subseries 3.3: Asia travel guides, 1962-1998. Subseries 3.4: New Zealand and Australia travel guides, 1968-2000. Subseries 3.5: Europe travel guides, 1966-1999. Subseries 3.6: Americas travel guides, 1958-2002. Series 4: McCreery, Gene yearbooks, 1928-1994. Subseries 4.1: Gaston, Indiana Aurora yearbooks, 1928-1964. Subseries 4.2: Hartford City, Indiana The Retro yearbook, 1942. Subseries 4.3: The Gaston School yearbooks, 1943-1944. Subseries 4.4: Melvin, Illinois, Melvin-Sibley High School Mirror yearbooks, 1973-1980. Subseries 4.5: Ball State Teachers College reunion albums, 1929-1994. Subseries 4.6: Newark State College yearbooks, 1958-1962. Subseries 4.7: Quincy College yearbooks, 1974-1977. Series 5: McCreery, Gene sheet music and music books, 1816-1992. Subseries 5.1: Christmas sheet music and music books, 1816-1992. Subseries 5.2: Church hymns, 1816-1937. Subseries 5.3: Classic American sheet music and music books, 1913-1992. Subseries 5.4: Musical production sheet music and music books, 1893-1964. Subseries 5.5: Organ sheet music and music books, 1930-1976. Subseries 5.6: Instructional sheet music and music books, 1893-1964. Subseries 5.7: Male quartets and barbershop sheet music and music books, undated. Subseries 5.8: Miscellaneous sheet music and music books, 1915-1992, undated. Series 6: McCreery, Gene newspapers and newspaper clippings, 1903-2000. Series 7: McCreery, Gene slides and film, circa 1940-2009. Subseries 7.1: International travel slides, circa 1940-2009. Subseries 7.2: Family slides, circa 1940-1970. Subseries 7.3: Film, undated. Series 8: McCreery, Gene scrapbooks and photograph albums, 1880-2002. Subseries 8.1: Vietnam international travel photograph albums, 1964-1998. Subseries 8.2: International travel photograph albums, 1930-1998. Subseries 8.3: Family and friends photograph albums, 1880-2002. Series 9: McCreery, Gene photographs, 1790-2007. Subseries 9.1: Personal photographs, 1790-2000. Subseries 9.2: Asia travel photographs, 1937-1998. Subseries 9.3: People to People International photographs, 1997-2007. Series 10: McCreery, Gene negatives, 1910-2004. Subseries 10.1: People to People International negatives, circa 1930-2004. Subseries 10.2: International travel negatives, 1998-2000. Subseries 10.3: Personal negatives, 1910-2003. Series 11: McCreery, Gene cards, 1937-2009. Series 12: McCreery, Gene artifacts, undated; 1950-2004.
This collection includes personal transcripts, credentials, teaching certificates, land deeds, membership cards, personal planners, yearbooks, travel guides, scrapbooks, brochures, sheet music, newspaper clippings, photographs and negatives from 1790-2009 in regard to Gene McCreery. Also included within this collection is genealogy and historical information documenting the McCreery and MacCreary families from 1790-2009. Materials documenting Gaston, Indiana and Gaston School are from Gene's father, Harry McCreery, who was involved with the formation of the school. The collection predominately consists of Gene's personal papers in regard to his affiliation with People to People International and USAID from 1940-2005. His USAID documents encompass education development during the Vietnam conflict in the 1960s. A portion of his photographs are from a USAID trip where he evaluated the enhancement of school buildings as well as educational development in the area. People to People materials include local chapter by-laws, Board of Trustees documents, publicity, national mission trip goals, as well as details about their Student Ambassador program. Slides are grouped by educational lectures or workshops, particularly those from People to People in Europe, Vietnam, and Ethiopia. Negatives are of McCreery's family, friends, activities, and travel. Films included within this collection seem to have political motivation, but the contents are unknown.
Gene McCreery was an extremely active man born on May 14, 1912 in Delaware County, Indiana. He graduated from Harrison Township High School in 1930. He recived his Bachelor of Arts from Ball State Teacher's College in 1935, his Master of Arts in Education from Columbia University in New York during 1940, and his Doctorate in Education from Penn State College and Indiana University in 1953. He was inducted into the United States Army Air Corps in 1943 and served as a pilot and flight instrument instructor until the end of World War II when he returned to civilian life. After his military service, he continued his teaching career at Melvin-Sibley High School. He also taught at Quincy College and Newark State College. Gene was affiliated with several local organizations including the Delaware County Historical Society, Lifelong Learners Association, Muncie Teacher's Federation, Meals on Wheels, Society for the Preservation and Encouragment for Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America (SPEBSQSA), Harmonizer Choral Group, The Golden Age Survivor, the Rotary, Half Century Club, and the Delaware County, Indiana Republican Party. He was an avid genealogy researcher for the McCreery's, Sharp's, Woodrings's, and his wife's family, the Robbin's. He enjoyed taking photographs and film of his close family and friends as well as his travels to other countries. Gene was a self-declared Republican and follower of President Reagan. He recieved many commendations from his assistance in the elections of Republican candidates, as well as through his lifelong work for educational development in other countries. Two programs Gene was predominately affiliated with was People to People International and USAID. People to People International (PTPI) was established in 1956. The program has a presence in over 130 countries with more than 80,000 families and individuals participating. PTPI is dedicated to enchancing cross-cultural communication within and across communities and nations. Gene participated in mission trips to several areas including Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Austrialia, Asia, and notably Vietnam, where he gave lectures and presentations about the organization and it's host country. USAID was established in 1950 to engage in technically-based international economic development. USAID works in over 100 countries to promote broadly shared economic prosperity; strengthen democracy and good governance; improve global health, food security, environmental sustainability and education; help societies prevent and recover from conflicts; and provide humanitarian assistance in the wake of natural and man-made disasters. Gene participated in several activities in Cairo, Egypt working for the Egyptian American Joint Committee for Education, the Rural Education Program, Health and Mental Health Program. He also taught language and cultural programs and classes. Throughout and after his involvement with these humanitarian organizations, Gene kept in contact with many friends and students from abroad. Gene passed away on Monday, September 7, 2009. Funeral services were held at the Gaston United Methodist Church with burial at the Thompson Cemetery in Gaston, Indiana.
Processing information: Collection inventory completed by Josh Vance. Collection processing completed 2012/02/20 by Melanie Baugh. EAD finding aid created 2012/02/12 by Melanie Baugh. EAD finding aid revised 2012/04/02 by Bethany Fiechter.
This collection is open for research.
Gene McCreery collection, Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries.
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