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Breakthrough Plus 40 newsletters

Identifier: MSS-393

Content Description

This collection includes the "Breakthrough Plus 40" newsletters issues no. 1-25 ranging from 1976 through 1980. The "Breakthrough Plus 40" newsletter was released bi-monthly in Selma, Indiana, exploring the implementation of solar energy above latitude 40. These issues make up the entire body of "Breakthrough Plus 40" newsletters including issue no. 20, the special edition scrapbook. Additionally, it includes digitized copies of each newsletter.


  • Creation: 1976 - 1980

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

“Breakthrough 40 Plus” is a bi-monthly newsletter created by a rotating group of individuals to discuss the use of solar energy above the fortieth parallel. Because this area is unideal for solar use, this newsletter was created to support locals still hoping to implement solar energy. The newsletter explores local inventions, discoveries, and thoughts on using solar as well as other renewable energy sources. Started and edited by Alan Garinger, a Ball State alum and an inhibitor of various positions in the Muncie Community Schools, the newsletter had a rotating volunteer staff totaling nearly 60 people. The newsletter went on to have nearly 1000 subscribers across 40 states as well as 3 countries outside the US, was highlighted in an article by the Muncie Star Press, and received a PRIDE award by Lt. Gov. Robert Orr for notable environmental work in Indiana.


.3 Cubic Feet (1 archival box)

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Custodial History

This collection was donated 2021/07/10 by Dan Woodfin.


No additional accruals are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/10/08 by Caelie McRobert. EAD finding aid created and revised 2021/10/14 by Lindsey M. Vesperry.

"Breakthrough Plus 40" newsletters
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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