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John Hardacre transportation history collection

Identifier: MSS-250

Scope and Contents

This collection includes documents, photographs, newspaper clippings, and artifacts ranging from 1944 to 1997 regarding transporation history in Muncie and the State of Indiana. The bulk of the collection focuses on bus transportation. One file of note contains an article about journalist and news anchor Jim Lehrer's transporation collection, and included with the article is a personal, handwritten note from Lehrer to John Hardacre.


  • Creation: 1941-1997

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.

Biographical Note

Former Muncie Indiana Transit System (MITS) supervisor John Hardacre collected materials related to Muncie's transportation history, focusing primarily on buses, and transportation in the State of Indiana.


1 Cubic Feet (1 box)

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This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Hardacre, John transportation history files, 1941-1997

Series 2: Hardacre, John transportation history oversize matierals, 1941-1997

Series 3: Hardacre, John negatives, 1946-1948

Series 4: Hardacre, John photographs, circa 1960s

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation.


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.017: Interurban collection, 1941-1981

MSS.238: Muncie Indiana Transportation Systems (MITS) records, 1981-2003

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2006/06 by R. Miller. EAD finding aid created 2012/03/07 by Lisa Barney. EAD finding aid revised 2012/03/22 by Bethany Fiechter. EAD finding aid revised 2013/11/22 by Rebecca Marangelli.

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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