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Junior Achievement of Central Indiana Records

Identifier: MSS094

Scope and Contents

Organization of these documents reflects the organization of the documents in the larger JA International collection.

Board of Directors Records, 1957-1998, contain meeting minutes, board rosters, and board biographical information. Although the minutes are incomplete, they provide insight to the direction of the organization for the periods they cover. The board member information provides gives insight on the people that lead JA Central Indiana. This section also includes information on the boards for the divisions of JA Central Indiana. Executive Office Records, 1956-2001, contain information about the non-board leadership and general operations of JA Central Indiana. This series includes information on JA staff training and conferences, implementation of educational programs, financial records, fundraising and grants, and building operations. The records include files belonging to the President. The materials in this collection have been sub-divided.

Communications and Marketing files include information about how JA Central Indiana markets itself and its programs to students and the public. These files also include clippings from local media about JA Central Indiana activities, students, volunteers, and leaders.

Education Records files contain information about the local implementation of JA educational programs, including volunteer training. These records do not contain non-localized program materials, which are covered in the Junior Achievement Inc. records.

Finance files include audits, budgets, salaries, grants applications, and long-range planning and committees related to financing.

Fundraising files include information on business donors, fundraising events, and materials used to market JA to donors.

Headquarters files include information about building design and layouts, blueprints, and the purchases and sales of the various buildings JA Central Indiana has occupied through its history.

Presidents Files contain correspondence, reference material, and notes documenting the work of the first president of JA Central Indiana, David Hicks, arranged chronologically, and then by subject. Hicks’s correspondence file contains many letters from local area business leaders about their support of JA.

Publications, 1929-1999, include a variety of information published by and about Junior Achievement of Central Indiana. These publications include newsletters, brochures, presentations, and annual reports.

Photographs and Slides, 1920s-1990s, include posed and candid photographs of JA Central Indiana students, staff, volunteers, and activities. The slides also contain localized training material used with JA volunteers, including an extensive collection of photographs of JA Company products, as well as presentations used to recruit students into the program.

Audio-Visual Materials, include audio cassettes, reel-to-reel audio tapes, reel video tape, and video cassettes of ceremonies, training, and advertising.


  • 1956 - 2000


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright laws of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) govern the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Historical Note

Junior Achievement (originally called the Boys’ and Girls’ Bureau of the Eastern States League) began in 1919 as a program to educate youth about business. While originally all JA areas were managed under the larger organization, in the 1950s enrollment nationwide increased fivefold, and to manage this intense growth JA reorganized into area franchises managed under five national regions. Junior Achievement of Central Indiana is a franchise in the Midwest region, and was formed in 1957.

JA Central Indiana serves the following counties in Indiana: Bartholomew, Blackford, Boone, Brown, Clinton, Decatur, Delaware, Greene, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Henry, Howard, Jackson, Jay, Jennings, Johnson, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Martin, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Owen, Putnam, Randolph, Rush, Shelby, and Tipton. JA Central Indiana from its organization through today has implemented all the major JA educational programs produced by JA, including JA Companies, Project Business, and Applied Economics.

The first president of JA Central Indiana, David Hicks, was an important figure in national JA history, starting programs in many cities as well as contributing material to JA manuals.

Organizational Structure

The governance of Junior Achievement of Central Indiana is layered, with a Board of Directors for JA Central Indiana, and then under this Board, individual Boards for each of the divisions managed by JA Central Indiana. Staff members of JA Central Indiana, including the President, are responsible to the Board of Directors. In turn, JA Central Indiana is under the Board of Directors for the Midwest Region, which is under the Board of Directors for JA USA, which is under JA Worldwide. Each JA franchise has a signed operating agreement with the parent organization.


15 Cubic Feet (9 cartons, 2 document boxes, 3 media boxes, 1 flat box, 1 oversized folder, and 40 videotapes)


Junior Achievement of Central Indiana (JA Central Indiana) was founded in 1957 as an area franchise of Junior Achievement. JA Central Indiana has implemented the major educational programs of Junior Achievement from 1958 through today, teaching Central Indiana students from the grade school to high school level about economics and business in a hands-on format.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by Junior Achievement of Central Indiana, Indianapolis, IN, 2014. A2014/15-051.

Related Materials

Related materials providing background on the parent organization to this franchise may be found in MSS 048: Junior Achievement, Inc. Records

Separated Materials

Materials produced by the national Junior Achievement organization have been incorporated into MSS 048: Junior Achievement, Inc. Records.


  • Francomano, Joseph and Wayne & Darryl Lavitt, Junior Achievement: A History. Colorado Springs: Junior Achievement, Inc., 1988.
  • Junior Achievement of Central Indiana Homepage:


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Junior Achievement of Central Indiana Records, 1956-2000
Denise Rayman
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Repository Details

Part of the Philanthropic Studies Archives Repository

IUPUI University Library
755 W. Michigan St.
Room 0133
Indianapolis IN 46202 USA