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Hugh J. Kirchner papers

Identifier: MSS-042

Scope and Contents

This collection includes thirteen daybooks (1923-1937), four daily report binders (1936-1940), one cashbook (1923-1932), and one checkbook with stubs (1933-1936). The daybooks include hour by hour accounts of Kirchner’s activities beginning with his time in Lima and Bellevue, Ohio, 1920s and early 1930s and ending with his time in Muncie (after 1937).


  • Creation: 1923-1940

Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

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.

Biographical Note

Hugh J. Kirchner worked as railroad detective in Lima and Bellevue, Ohio, and in Muncie, Indiana, in the 1920s and 1930s. These two cities probably shared similar characteristics with the Lynds’ Middletown. Kirchner served as the captain of police for Nickel Plate Railroad. While in Muncie, he resided at 623 University Avenue.


0.6 Cubic Feet (2 boxes)

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from Anthony Edmonds on 1980/05/07.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 1994/02/18 by M. Sears. Finding aid created 1994/02/18 by M. Sears. EAD finding aid completed 2009/11/04 by Maren L. Read.

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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