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Muncie Indiana Transit System records

Identifier: MSS-238

Scope and Contents

This collection contains records from the Muncie Indiana Transit System (MITS) in Muncie, Indiana for the years 1941-2012 and included Board of Directors meeting minutes and agendas, correspondence, budget information, project plans and proposals, marketing and management files, financial records, subject files, photographs, scrapbooks, and other records documenting services, routes, fares, ridership and construction primarily from 1981-2004.


  • Creation: 1941 - 2012
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1980 - 2007

Conditions Governing Access

Separated materials are restricted. Contact the repository for more information.

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.

Administrative History

Muncie Indiana Transit System (MITS) was organized in 1981, when the city of Muncie, Indiana took over business service from a private firm. The mission of the organization is “to provide high quality public transportation that addresses the needs of the community at the least cost to the taxpayer and the user, and in the process, contribute[s] to the community’s economy and quality of life.” MITS provides fifteen bus routes within the Muncie city limits, door-to-door bus service for the disabled, trolley service in downtown Muncie, and door to door services for individuals who work during hours when bus service is not available. MITS was named Outstanding Public Transportation System by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) in 2005. This award recognizes excellence in ridership growth, financial management, system security and safety, and customer service. The APTA awarded MITS the Gold Award for Safety in 2007.

Source: MITS website,


10.6 Cubic Feet (12 boxes and 1 folder)

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This collection is arranged in the following series and subseries:

Series 1: Board of Directors records, 1981-2007

Subseries 1.1: Board of Directors meeting documents, 1998-2007

Subseries 1.2: Board of Directors meeting minutes and agendas, 1981-1997

Series 2: Correspondence, 1979-2004

Series 3: Employee relation and labor relation files, 1982-2003

Subseries 3.1: Employee relations, 1982-2002

Subseries 3.2: Labor relations, 1982-2003

Series 4: Facility documents, 1983-1993

Series 5: Management files, 1979-2004

Subseries 5.1: Management reports, 1981-2004

Subseries 5.2: ATE management files, 1979-1996

Series 6: Financial documents, 1981-2004

Series 7: Marketing files, 1982-1997

Subseries 7.1: Marketing documents, 1982-1997

Subseries 7.2: Development plans, 1987-1996

Series 8: Services documents, 1980-2003

Subseries 8.1: Plans and proposals, 1981-2001

Subseries 8.2: Statistic reports, 1981-1998

Subseries 8.3: Reports, evaluations, and surveys, 1980-2003

Series 9: Publications and clippings, 1950, 1981-2004

Series 10: American Public Transportation Association documents, 1981-2003

Series 11: Legal documents and agreements, 1981-2004

Series 12: Restricted files, 1981-2003

Series 13: Photographs, 1941-2012

Series 14: Oversized scrapbooks and photographs, 1920-1981

Series 15: Muncie Indiana Transit System website archive, 2018-

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation. Additions were received on 2004/07/23, 2004/08/16, 2007/11/20 from J. B. Black, Jr., and 2014/10/07 by Christy Foster.


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:

P.276: Muncie Indiana Transit System photographs

UAV.0256: Mr. Sam Smith President Muncie Transit Authority, 1985/11/09

Processing Information

Collection processing additions completed 2007/11 by M. Read. Collection processing revised 2008/04 by M. Read. EAD finding aid created 2012/10/25 by Julie Hausknecht. EAD finding aid revised 2013/10/30 by Rebecca Marangelli. Collection processing additions completed 2015/1/23 by Emily Rapoza. EAD finding aid revised 2015/1/23 by Emily Rapoza.

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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