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Wilma J. Usrey collection

Identifier: L667

Scope and Contents

This collection includes Wilma Usrey's records regarding District 7 and District 5 of the Indiana Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs. Ranging from 1983 to 2003, the collection includes meeting minutes, budgets, bylaws, membership reports, spring meeting programs, essay contest entries, and young careerist applicant photographs and entry forms. The record notebooks were left as Mrs. Usrey had organized them. The collection also has a full size, handmade District 7 flag.


  • 1983-2003

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical / Historical

Wilma Jean Ritchey was born October 14, 1931 in Burns City, Indiana to Obadiah and Lewie Ritchey. She graduated from Odon High School in 1949 and attended Indiana State University. She married Jospeh Usrey on August 23, 1952 and they lived in Roswell, New Mexico for several years before returning to Indiana and settling in Joseph's hometown of Sullivan. She began working at the Sullivan State Bank in 1959 and worked in the banking industry for more than 36 years. She was an active member of the Indiana Federation of Business and Professional Women's Club, serving as president of the Sullivan BPW and as secretary, assistant director and director of District 7. In 2003, District 5 was created by the merging District 7 and District 4 and Mrs. Usrey also served a term as district director for the newly created district. She passed away at the age of 83 on June 17, 2015.


Information found within collection.

"Wilma Jean Usrey." Sullivan Daily Times (IN), June 19, 2015.

Sullivan County Historical Society. Sullivan County, Indiana: 175th Anniversary, 1816-1991. Paducah, Ky.: Turner Publishing Co., 1991.


0.9 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box, 1 small oversize box)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Wilma Usrey on 2006/09/28.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

L635: Indiana Federation of Business and Professional Women collection

L641: Indianapolis Business and Professional Women's Club collection

L672: Indiana Federation of Business and Professional Women, District 4 collection

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2019/10/03 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2019/10/03 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid updated 2024/01/07 by Lauren Patton.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.