Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Thomas L. Ryan Diaries New to the DMR

Working in collaboration with Muncie Public Library, Ball State University Libraries' newest Digital Media Repository collection is the Thomas L. Ryan Diaries. This digital collection includes four volumes that account the life of early Muncie, Indiana resident Thomas L. Ryan dating from 1886 to 1890.

Thomas L. Ryan was born in 1872 in Muncie, Indiana. After finishing his education in Muncie, Ryan completed a course in engineering at the Hoboken Institute of Technology and studied law under his father. He joined his father`s law firm, which became Ryan & Ryan, in 1898. He was also president of the Highlands Manufacturing Company of Muncie.

Ryan wrote in his diaries every day. He recorded the weather, events at school, activities with friends, trips to the library and around town, chores and projects, and special events.