11.0 cubic feet (30 boxes; digital files (10.7 GB)).
Arranged in the following series and subseries: Series 1: Unitarian Universalist Church administrative records, 1859-1993. Subseries 1.1: Articles of Incorporation, Constitution and Bylaws, 1956-1972. Subseries 1.2: Annual reports, 1956-1984, 1992-1993. Subseries 1.3: Board of Directors and parish meeting minutes, 1859-1902, 1954-1980. Subseries 1.4: Construction and Property records, 1964-1976. Subseries 1.5: Personnel records, 1957, 1973-1980. Subseries 1.6: Reports and studies, 1960-1962, 1973-1978. Series 2: Unitarian Universalist Church education and ministry records, 1875-1990. Subseries 2.1: Circles, Leagues, and Guilds records, 1889-1976. Subseries 2.2: Religious Education Committee records, 1989-1990. Subseries 2.3: Sunday School records, 1875-1960. Series 3: Unitarian Universalist Church financial records, 1870-1984. Subseries 3.1: Financial records, 1870-1970. Subseries 3.2: Restricted financial records, 1919-1984. Series 4: Unitarian Universalist Church membership records, 1859-1911, 1957-1988. Subseries 4.1: Directories, 1957-1980, 1988. Subseries 4.2: Membership records, 1859-1911, 1961-1987. Series 5: Unitarian Universalist Church service records, 1953-1984. Subseries 5.1: Order of Service and event programs, 1953-1983. Subseries 5.2: Sermons and addresses, 1959-1984. Subseries 5.3: Unigram newsletters, 1956-1980. Series 6: Unitarian Universalist Church historical papers, 1855-2001. Series 7: Unitarian Universalist Church scrapbooks, 1855-1984. Series 8: Unitarian Universalist Church oversize records, 1903-1954. Series 9: Unitarian Universalist Church photographs, 1859-1993. Subseries 9.1: Unitarian Universalist Church photographs, 1966-1991. Subseries 9.2: Unitarian Universalist Church oversized photographs, 1859-1993. Subseries 9.3: Unitarian Universalist Church negatives, undated. Series 10: Unitarian Universalist Church audio recordings, 1981-1984. Series 11: Unitarian Universalist Church digital records, 1966-2014.
This collection includes annual reports, construction records, financial records, historical papers, minutes, membership records, scrapbooks, Sunday School records, photographs, digital photographs of the stained glass panels, oral history recordings and other material from the Unitarian Universalist Church in Muncie, Indiana ranging from 1855 to 2014 regarding the administration, finances, history, membership, ministries, property and services of the church.
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Muncie was organized as the First Universalist Church of Muncie in 1859. The congregation originally met in a building at the corner of Madison and Jackson streets. Many influential Muncie residents were associated with the the church in its formative years including Adam Wolf, Thomas Kirby, Alfred Kilgore, and the majority of the Ball family. The early Twentieth Century marked a period of change for the church including an elaborate remodeling of the church building in 1899 and a name change to St. John's Universalist Church in 1913. In 1962, the national Unitarian and Universalist societies merged leading the Muncie congregation to eventually change its name to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Muncie in the early 1970s. The congregation moved to a new building on West Bradford Drive in 1967. Throughout its history, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Muncie has been known for a message of universal salvation and an emphasis on reason, tolerance, and individualism as the grounds for religious understanding.
Processing Information: Collection processing completed 1991/02/06 by N. Eichman. Finding aid revised 1994/02/18 by M. Sears; 2003/11 by A. Childers; and 2006/07/10 by J.E. Gastineau. EAD finding aid created 2012/06/11 by Lisa Barney. EAD finding aid modified 2013/10/28 by Rebecca Marangelli. Arrangment and EAD finding aid revised 2013/12/02 by Stephen Jones. EAD finding aid revised 2014/06/06 by Rebecca Marangelli, and 2014/06/09 and 2015/03/03 by Brandon Pieczko.
The majority of this collection is open for research. Records in Subseries 3.2 are restricted. Contact the repository for more information.
Unitarian Universalist Church records, Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries.
Select materials from this collection have been digitized and are available online in the Ball State University Libraries Digital Media Repository: http://libx.bsu.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/UUCRec.
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: SC.041: Unitarian Universalist Church membership registry, 1859-1900.
Electronic finding aid available on the Internet: http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/123456789/197881.
Further additions are expected.