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Tract books

Identifier: MSS-003

Scope and Contents

This collection includes records of land sales in Boone, Clinton, Delaware, Hamilton, Madison, and Randolph Counties from 1811-1876. These records document the amount of acreage purchased, who purchased the land, the former residence of the purchaser, and the date the land was sold. The collection also includes records of land sales for each township in Delaware County, blank land grid forms, and an unknown land grid and tract book.


  • 1811-1876

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries, Muncie, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Archives and Special Collections.

Historical Note

Tract books are arranged by the legal description of the land: by township, range, and section. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) retains original land records and patents for the state of Indiana.


0.4 Cubic Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions of our Central and East Central Indiana tract books are available electronically in the Ball State University Digital Media Repository:

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 1994/03/24 by J. Richards. Finding aid created 1994/03/24 by J. Richards. Finding aid revised 1994/04/04 by M. Sears. Finding aid revised 2004/04/22 by Joan Mullins. EAD finding aid completed 2012/10/08 by Bethany Fiechter.

Tract books
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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