14.2 cubic feet (13 boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 1 folder).
Arranged in the following series and subseries: Series 1: Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce administrative records, 1912-1995. Series 2: Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors records, 1950-1995. Series 3: Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce community and economic development records, 1955-1981. Series 4: Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce Delaware Advancement Corporation records, 1985-1991. Series 5: Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce publications, 1957-2016. Subseries 5.1: The Chamber magazines, 1977, 2010-2016. Subseries 5.2: Horizons newspapers, 1985-1996. Subseries 5.3: Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce directories, 1980-2016. Subseries 5.4: Chief Munsee's Smoke Signals newsletters, 1957-1971. Series 6: Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce newspaper clippings, 1951-2016. Series 7: Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce stock certifictes, 1902-1956. Series 8: Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce scrapbooks, 1951-1975. Series 9: Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce photographs, c.1950s-1970s. Series 10: Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce restricted records, 1955-1994.
This collection includes administrative records, Board of Directors and Executive Committee meeting minutes, membership directories, reports, stock certificates, programs, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, photographs, and other records from the Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce in Muncie, Indiana ranging from 1902 to 2016 regarding businesses and community development in Muncie and Delaware County.
The Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce was established as the Muncie Commercial Club on February 14, 1894 when thirty Muncie citizens gathered to organize an independent commercial club in Muncie, Indiana. The original committee consisted of three notable Muncie residents: T.F. Rose, James Boyce, and A.W. Brady. T.H. Kirby was chosen as temporary chairman until C.M. Turner was elected as the organization's first president. The Muncie Commercial Club was dedicated to developing and promoting the Muncie community and frequently solicited shares of stock to Muncie residents. During its formative years, the Commercial Club worked to develop Muncie industry, to engage in city improvement initiatives like the paving of city streets, and to establish the Eastern Indiana Normal University (now Ball State University). In 1913, the club joined the United States Chamber of Commerce, and then the Indiana State Chamber of Commerce two years later. The club went through a series of name changes throughout the twentieth century and in the 1990s became known as Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce. The Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce has overseen many development projects throughout its history, including the construction of the Horizon Convention Center in downtown Muncie in the 1980s with the assistance of the Delaware Advancement Corporation. The project was completed in 1988 and the Chamber's offices are now located on the second floor of the Convention Center.
Processing information: Collection processing completed 2016/11/21 by Lindsey M. Vesperry and Lily Larson. EAD finding aid created 2016/12/07 by Lindsey M. Vesperry. EAD finding aid revised 2016/12/07 by Lindsey M. Vesperry and 2016/12/16 by Brandon Pieczko.
This collection is open for research. Access to restricted materials is limited to Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce staff.
Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce records, 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.
Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries, Muncie IN: MSS.350: Stefan S. Anderson papers ; SC.160: Muncie Chamber of Commerce Meeting, Art Linkletter speaking announcement.
Electronic finding aid available on the Internet: http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/123456789/200539.
No further additions are expected.