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Warner Gear Division collection

Identifier: MSS-178

Scope and Contents

This collection includes brochures, organization charts, personnel records, advertisements, publications, and historical records from Borg-Warner Corporation, Warner Gear Division in Muncie, Indiana ranging from 1918 to 1992 regarding the organization structure, personnel, and history of Warner Gear Division.


  • Creation: 1918-1992

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

Thomas Warner moved from Montana to Muncie, Indiana around 1902. Upon his arrival to Muncie he organized the Warner Electric Company, and the Warner Gear Company. The Warner Gear Company became one of the top manufacturers of automobile transmissions and was located near highway 32 in Muncie until the plant closed in 2009.


1.7 Cubic Feet (4 boxes and 1 oversize box)

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Arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Warner Gear Division organization and personnel records, 1976-1992

Series 2: Warner Gear Division historical records, 1918-1978

Series 3: Warner Gear Division Yohler, Bill photographs, circa 1901-1940

Series 4: Warner Gear Division Yohler, Bill photographs, negatives, and posters, undated

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation. The Warner Gear 30 year retirement bracelet was donated by Anne A. Ross on 2012/06/06.


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:

MSS.185: Borg-Warner Corporation Gear O' Gram magazines, 1944-1972

POVA.018: Warner Gear Executives photographs, undated

PSC.019: Warner Gear Retirement Group photograph, 1959

PSC.160: Warner Gear photograph, 1971

SC.050: Warner Gear Corporation and Borg-Warner Corporation Gear O' Gram newletters, 1948, 1955, 1960-1968

SC.506: Warner Gear history, 1933

SC.092: Warner Gearette, a Warner Gear Division newsletter, 1936

SC.512: Borg-Warner Employee memoranda and correspondence, 1988-2009

SC.515: "Story of the Warner Gear Division of the Borg-Warner Corporation for use in Junior High Schools, 1939 Sept.

SC.746: T.J. Ault Warner Gear historical research collection

Processing Information

EAD finding aid created 2012/04/05 by Lisa Barney. EAD finding aid revised 2012/04/16 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