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Interurban collection

Identifier: MSS-017

Scope and Contents

This collection includes publications and newspaper clippings ranging from 1941 to 1981 regarding interurban and railroad transportation. The publications include journals from the Electric Railfans' Association and the Canadian Railroad Historical Association, and the Canadian Rail journal. There are other railroad-related magazines in the collection, and a book: The Electric Interurban Railway in America.


  • Creation: 1941-1981

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

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

Interurban railroads played a significant part in the development of the United States. Indiana was the stronghold of the interurban railway and was prominent in the street railway field as well. The Central Electric Railfan`s Association explores specific phases of Indiana`s traction history. This collection features information on lines along the Ohio River as well as two large interurban systems: Terre Haute Indianapolis and Eastern and Union Traction Company of Indiana. Both were fused with the Interstate Public Service and other lines make up the Indiana Railroad System.

The Canadian Railway Historical Association is a volunteer, non-profit charitable organization. The organization focuses on the preservation and dissemination of information concerning railway heritage in Canada. Publications featured within this collection include information on Canada`s railway heritage as well as information on technological development.


1.6 Cubic Feet (5 boxes)

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Arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Electric Railfans' Association records, 1956-1973

Series 2: Canadian Rail publications, 1962-1969

Series 3: Other railroad publications, 1960

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from Phyllis Watts on 1985/06/07.


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries, Muncie IN:

MAPS.031.05: Indiana Interurban Railways map

PSC.253: Muncie, Dunkirk, Portland Interurban and Conductors photographs

PSCN.305: Indiana Railroad Interurban No. 53 negatives

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 1994/02/17 by J. Richards. Finding aid created 1994/02/25 by M. Sears. EAD finding aid completed 2012/03/12 by Lisa Barney. EAD finding aid revised 2012/03/22 by Bethany Fiechter.

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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