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Don Blair collection on Prisoner of War Branch Camps in Indiana

Identifier: MSS-170

Scope and Contents

The content of the two folders consist of Don Blair's recollection of his time spent as a guard in Branch Camp number four here in Indiana, where he supervised German prisoners of war working in a factory. The photocopies within the folders are transcripts of Blair's interview, minutes from meetings and accounting paper from the War Department.


  • 1945-1991

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

According to

Eaton was one of several prisoner of war camps in Indiana. The POWs at Eaton originated from Camp Atterbury, Indiana. The work established at the camp was the harvesting and canning of tomatoes. The camp was guarded by a ten foot barbed wire fence that surrounded the 17 acres of property. At the corners were guard towers, each manned by one guard and a mounted machine gun. The camp contained a latrine, store, and library. The workers were paid for their work (not in currency) which they could spend at the facilities available to them at the camp. The camp closed in November of 1945. The last remnants of the camp site was destroyed in 1977.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 box)

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Arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Prisoner of War Branch Camp documents, undated

Series 2: Don Blair oversized photographs, circa 1929

Series 3: Don Blair photographs of Eaton Indiana, undated

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from Donald Blair 1997/02/26.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2000/10/09 by S. Reilly. EAD finding aid created 2012/10/12 by Julie Hausknecht. EAD finding aid revised 2013/10/29 by Rebecca Marangelli.

Don Blair collection on Prisoner of War Branch Camps in Indiana
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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