What is the Drawings and Documents Archive?
The Ball State University Libraries' Drawings and Documents Archive is a repository of over 120,000 drawings and objects relating to Indiana's built environments. Holdings include historic and contemporary architectural drawings, building remnants, architectural practice artifacts, ephermeral material, and photographs. The Archive maintains biographical files on Hoosier architects, landscape architects, planners, designers, preservationists, historians, and professors. While the Archive's emphasis is on Indiana, we also have some material from surrounding states in the Midwest.
Do you have records relating to the College of Architecture and Planning?
The Archive maintains material related to some student and faculty-related activities at the College of Architecture and Planning, however, Ball State University Archives is the official repository for all administrative records.
Where are you located?
We are located in the College of Architecture and Planning building, room 120, at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. See campus maps for details.
Why do you need to schedule an appointment? How can I make an appointment?
It is best to schedule an appointment in order for Archive staff to provide you with the highest level of quality and personalized service. Some material is stored remotely, in an offsite annex, and will need to be retrieved from that location. Please call the archivist at 765-285-8441 or email the archivist to schedule an appointment.
Can you tell me if the Archives has the records I want before I make an appointment?
Yes, it is always a good idea to discuss your research objectives with the archivist and determine if the collection has useful material before making arrangements to visit. Please call the archivist at 765-285-8441 or email the archivist to schedule an appointment.
Do you only have records of famous architects or landscape architects?
No, we have records of many architects and landscape architects who practiced in Indiana or were from Indiana. Much of the built environment of the area was created by prolific designers and architects who are not household names. Refer to our list of collections for specific individuals.
Information you should be prepared to provide Archive staff:
- If you are searching for information on an architect, you should provide the name of the architect or firm in which he or she worked.
- If you are searching for information on a structure, you should provide the address of the property. Additional information such as name of original client, architect, and date of construction might also be necessary.
Why can't I browse through the drawings myself?
The collection is not structured for browsing by patrons. Archive staff are trained on proper handling procedures and are happy to assist you as you search for what you need.
Can I check out Archive materials to make copies?
Archival collection materials do not circulate. If you need a reproduction of archival materials, we are often able to scan materials for a fee. The archivist will determine whether scanning is an option, based on condition and content of the materials. See Photographs and Digital Image Requests for more information.