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Middletown Jewish Oral History Project II audio recordings

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: R-063

Scope and Contents

This collection includes [formats] from [Creator(s)] in [Geographic Location] ranging from [Date] to [Date] regarding [Subject(s)].


  • 2002 - 2003

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

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

The Middletown Jewish Oral History Project II includes oral history interviews documenting the Jewish community in Muncie, Indiana. The interviews were conducted between 2003 and 2004 under the sponsorship of Martin Schwartz, who commissioned Ball State University professors C. Warren Vander Hill. The Project was a follow-up to the Middletown Jewish Oral History Project I (originally known as the Muncie Jewish Oral History Project) conducted in 1978 and 1979. These interviews were the basis for Dan Rottenberg’s book, Middletown Jews (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1997).

The 2002-2003 project focused on the ways in which the Muncie Temple Beth El congregation changed from the 1970’s to the early years of the twenty-first century. The interviews document the new individuals who now make up the congregation. Many of those interviewed in the 1970s have passed away or left the community. The current members came here primarily for the employment opportunities at either Ball State University or Cardinal Health System, a large local health hospital. Despite these changes, this small reform Jewish congregation still faces many of the same problems noted in the previous interviews and Middletown Jews, especially its lack of strong financial base which, among other problems, does not make it possible to employ a full-time rabbi. However, the members seem dedicated to doing all that they can to continue to provide a spiritual and community home for the temple’s families.

Information taken from comments provided by C. Warren Vander Hill, Spring 2004.


1 Cubic Feet (2 boxes, 24 audio cassettes 3 boxes of transcripts)


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Repository Details

Part of the Middletown Studies Collection Repository

Alexander M. Bracken Library
2000 W. University Avenue
Muncie Indiana USA