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615 West Main Street house collection

Identifier: MSS-326

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photographs, greeting cards, negatives, and newspaper clippings from the Eller family in Muncie and Anderson, Indiana ranging from the 1940s to 1990s regarding adopted pets from Anderson and Muncie animal shelters, crimes in Muncie, and family and friends photographs.

The collection was found at the abandoned residence of 615 West Main Street in Muncie, Indiana. There are several photographs and documents concerning animals available for adoption. Predominantly, the collection includes documentation on crimes in Muncie, specifically materials surrounding the murders of Donald Gene Smith and Alma Faye Marie Conley in January 1989. In addition, many photographs include residences from Jackson to West Main Street in Muncie.


  • circa 1940-1990

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

This collection contains materials from the Eller family. The materials were salvaged by a historic preservation student before the house was razed.


0.6 Cubic Feet (2 boxes)

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This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1: 615 West Main Street house collection scrapbook photographs and newspaper clippings, circa 1940-1990

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from Cameron Hicks in March 2012.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2012/05/09 by Melanie Baugh. EAD finding aid created 2012/05/14 by Melanie Baugh. EAD finding aid revised 2012/05/18 by Bethany Fiechter.

615 West Main Street house collection
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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