Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
(John) Irvin Muncy Collection

Finding aid created by
R. Eagly, Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: (John) Irvin Muncy Collection,
Creator: Muncy, (John) Irvin, 1871-1949.
Inclusive dates: 1893, 1928, and undated
Extent: 1 cubic feet (in 2 boxes)
Abstract:
The papers include notebooks (John) Irvin Muncy and his wife, Maude, used for courses at Central Normal School, later Central Michigan University (CMU), in the 1890s, photographs of them, friends, and professors at CMU, materials from two schools Irvin taught at, other Muncy notebooks, and a notebook on the Civil War by Lee Gibbs.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160
Email: clarke@cmich.edu
Website: http://clarke.cmich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc#40550, 67657

Access Restrictions:

(John) Irvin Muncy Collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

(John) Irvin Muncy Collection, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement

The collection is divided into Irvin and Maude's papers, and then is arranged alphabetical and chronological.


History

Biography:

(John) Irvin Muncy, known as Irvin, was born on July 12, 1871 in Dowagiac, Michigan. He worked in logging camps and the drive down the Muskegon River in the late 1880s. Irvin attended school at the Flint “Academy,” Ferris Institute, later Ferris State University, and graduated from Michigan Normal School, later Central Michigan University (CMU), in 1899. He taught at several schools in Grand Traverse County and Cedar, Michigan.

In 1904 Irvin moved to Lansing, Michigan, to work at the Oldsmobile Gas Engine Works. From 1908 to 1909 he lived in Boston, Massachusetts, where he serviced automobiles.

During World War I he co-designed the Liberty Engine for U.S. military aircraft.

Irvin eventually moved back to Michigan and worked at the Warren Motor Car Co. in Detroit, Detroit. By 1922, Irvin worked as the Assistant to the Chief Engineer of Studebaker, “Fred” Zeder. Later that year, Irvin became the Chief Engineer, a position he held until he retired in 1930.

During the 1930s, Irvin suffered as a result of bank failures. He worked doing various odd jobs until his death.

In April 1900, Irvin married Maud Ione Ackley. Together they had three children: Ralph, Gail (1907-1908) and Irene (who was adopted). Irvin and Maud divorced in 1923. Irvin remarried twice afterwards.

On January 15, 1949, Irvin died in Traverse City, Michigan.

Irvin’s wife, Maud Ione Ackley, was born on May 31, 1873 in DeWitt Township Clinton County, Michigan. She attended the Normal School at Boyne Falls and graduated from Central Normal School, later CMU, in 1899. Prior to attending CMU, Maud taught at Cross Village and Goodhart in Emmet County, Michigan.

Maud did not remarry after she and Irvin divorced. She made her home with her adopted daughter, Irene. On October 31, 1969 Maud died in Montpelier, Vermont. (This information is from the collection.)


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection is divided into Irvin’s papers and Maud’s papers, and is then arranged alphabetically and chronologically. It consists mostly of Maud and Irvin’s notebooks on various topics and courses they took at CMU during the 1890s. There is one folder with Biographical Materials, including photographs, of them with teachers, classmates, their graduation classes, fellow boarders, and of Irvin with two sets of school children he taught in Brimley (1899) and Matchett (circa 1899-1901) in Grand Traverse County, Michigan. Two essays Irvin wrote are also included. Unidentified Muncy materials and an undated Civil War notebook of Lee Gibbs complete the collection. Gibbs’ relationship, if any, to the Muncys is unknown.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Muncy, John Irvin, 1871-1949.
    • Muncy, Maude Ione Ackley, 1873-1969.
    • Central Michigan University--Alumni and alumnae.
    • Education--Michigan--Grand Traverse County.
    • Education--Michigan--Cedar.
    • Education--Michigan--Emmett County.
    • Education--Michigan--Goodhart.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    (John) Irvin Muncy Collection. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Biographical Materials (with photographs), undated
    Box   1 F   2
    Muncy, (John) Irvin, Papers, Autograph Album, 1893-1895
    Box   1 F   3
    Muncy, (John) Irvin, Papers, Essays on Climate, October 1898, and Business Success and Failure, Undated, 1898, undated
    Box   1 F   4
    Muncy, (John) Irvin, Papers, Notebook on American History, May 2, 1899
    Box   1 F   5
    Muncy, (John) Irvin, Papers, Notebook on American Literature, undated
    Box   1 F   6
    Muncy, (John) Irvin, Papers, Notebook on Arithmetic, October 1898
    Box   1 F   7
    Muncy, (John) Irvin, Papers, Notebook on Botany and Chemistry, undated
    Box   1 F   8
    Muncy, (John) Irvin, Papers, Notebook on Drawing, undated
    Box   1 F   9
    Muncy, (John) Irvin, Papers, Notebook on General History, undated
    Box   1 F   10
    Muncy, (John) Irvin, Papers, Notebook on History of Literature, undated
    Box   1 F   11
    Muncy, (John) Irvin, Papers, Miscellaneous Notebook, undated
    Box   1 F   12
    Muncy, (John) Irvin, Papers, Notebook on Nature Study, May 1899
    Box   2 F   1
    Muncy, (John) Irvin, Papers, Notebook on Reading, undated
    Box   2 F   2
    Muncy, (John) Irvin, Papers, Notebook on Rhetoric, undated
    Box   2 F   3
    Muncy, Maud I. (Ackley), Papers, Notebook on English Literature, 1901
    Box   2 F   4
    Muncy, Maud I. (Ackley), Papers, Notebook on James Russell Lowell, December 16, 1898
    Box   2 F   5
    Muncy, Maud I. (Ackley), Papers, Notebook on Physiology, 1899
    Box   2 F   6
    Muncy, Maud I. (Ackley), Papers, Notebook on Pronunciation Notes, September 1898, Teaching Music Notes, undated, September 1898, undated
    Box   2 F   7
    Muncy Materials (unidentified as to whose), Notebook on American Literature, undated
    Box   2 F   8
    Muncy Materials (unidentified as to whose), Notebook on General History, undated
    Box   2 F   9
    Muncy Materials (unidentified as to whose), Notebook on Library Catalog, Subject, undated
    Box   2 F   10
    Muncy Materials (unidentified as to whose), Notebook on Miscellaneous, 1895?
    Box   2 F   11
    Muncy Materials (unidentified as to whose), Notebook on Miscellaneous and Accounts, 1897-1898
    Box   2 F   12
    Muncy Materials (unidentified as to whose), Notebook on Teaching (includes Great Lakes questions), undated
    Box   2 F   13
    Gibbs, Lee, Notebook on the Civil War, undated