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Ned Griner research files for Gas Boom Society

Identifier: MSS-261

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of Ned Griner’s research materials for his book, Gas Boom Society. The bulk of the files are copies of news clippings from the late 1800s on a variety of topics. The majority of the clippings are from Muncie newspapers. Also included in the collection are correspondence from Marsh/Ryan family members to Griner and correspondence from Emily Kimbrough to Griner. There are two rough drafts of chapters from the book on Sports and the Holidays.


  • 1880-1986

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

A native of Delaware County, author Ned Griner was born and raised in Albany, Indiana. Griner was a Ball State professor in the Art department for 33 years and the Art Department Head from 1970-1981 before his retirement in 1994.

Griner also authored books about Ball State’s Museum of Art, including a book about the history of the Museum as well as a book about European and American selected works from the Museum. He also has authored books about Muncie’s art community, including The Bethel Pike Pottery business, J. Ottis Adams, Muncie’s most famous artist, and finally, a book about Muncie’s Art Movement entitled Side by Side with Coarser Plants: The Muncie Art Movement, 1885-1985.

It was when researching for Coarser Plants that he stumbled upon photos and negatives taken by John Rollin Marsh, a prominent Muncie citizen and amateur photographer. These photos and negatives--247 photos and 170 glass negatives--were eventually donated to the Archives and Special Collections.

His strong ties to the region would eventually lead him to write a social history of Muncie’s Gas Boom days. By using Marsh’s photography to illustrate daily life and culling information from newspaper clippings and diaries of prominent Muncie citizens, Griner hoped to shed new light on an already heavily researched city.


1 Cubic Feet (1 box)

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Arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Ned Griner correspondence, 1896-2000

Series 2: Ned Griner manuscripts, 1901

Series 3: Ned Griner research files and newspaper clippings, 1881-1971

Series 4: Ned Griner oversize collection

Series 5: Ned Griner photograph collection

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from Ned Griner on 2011/08/10.


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Materials

Related collections in this repository include an unpublished manuscript of "Gas Boom Society" (SC 004) the Thomas Neeley Diary (MSS 105, the Frederick Putnam Diaries (MSS 002), the Tom Ryan Diary (MSS 87), and the Marsh/Ryan Family Collection (MSS 133). Related photograph collections include the Marsh/Ryan Family Photo Collections.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2007/08 by R. Miller. EAD finding aid created 2012/10/22 by Julie Hausknecht. EAD finding aid revised 2013/11/01 by Rebecca Marangelli. EAD finding aid revised 2013/11/15 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