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The Star Press photographs and negatives

Identifier: MSS-383

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photographs and negtaives from the Star Press newspaper in Muncie, Indiana ranging from 1967 to 2004. The collection includes shots of various Muncie events, citizens, businesses, landmarks, etc. For newspaper clippings, see MSS.365: The Star Press newspaper reference files.


  • Creation: 1967 - 2004

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.


The Star Press can be traced back to May 29, 1899, when the first issue of The Muncie Star was published. Founded by Muncie-resident George Foulke McCulloch—the namesake of Muncie’s McCulloch Park—the newspaper was first published at 107 W. Main Street, which is now the location of the Delaware County Building. By 1901, the location was moved to the Kimbrough Block, before being moved again to a building at the southeast corner of Mulberry and Adams streets on March 3, 1906.

In 1901, McCulloch purchased The Muncie Morning News, which thus began the practice of publishing two daily newspapers—The Morning Star in the morning, and The Evening Press in the evening. The consolidated company eventually became Muncie Newspapers Inc. On October 27, 1904, McCulloch sold the company to John C. Shaffer, and upon Shaffer’s death in 1944, the newspapers were purchased by Eugene C. Pullam’s company Central Newspapers, Inc.

Muncie Newspapers, Inc. continued publishing two daily newspapers until April of 1996, when they announced that the two newspapers would be consolidated into one morning newspaper: The Star Press. The change was prompted by declining sales of The Evening Press, a problem that was part of a national pattern of declining evening newspaper sales. The first issue of the consolidated Star Press was published on May 20, 1996.

In 2000, Central Newspapers, Inc. was purchased by the Gannett Company, making them the owners of The Star Press.


3 Cubic Feet (8 boxes)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from Greg Fallon on 2016/09/26.


No further additions are expected.

The Star Press photographs and negatives
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Repository Details

Part of the Stoeckel Archives of Local History Repository

Alexander M. Bracken Library
2000 W. University Avenue
Muncie Indiana 47306 USA