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Middletown Area Study surveys

Identifier: MSC-003

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of the question banks and codebooks for the project from 1978-2004. Online access to the data is available online via the Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA).


  • 1978 - 2004

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Ball State University holds copyright to some or all materials in this collection. Archives and Special Collections staff must grant written permission for most commercial uses of the collection; no permission is necessary for noncommercial or academic uses.

Historical Note

The Middletown Area Study (MAS) was an annual survey sponsored by Ball State University`s Department of Sociology and the Center for Middletown Studies between 1978 and 2004. Principal investigators for the project included Dr. Stephen D. Johnson, Dr. William Johnson, Dr. David Morris, Dr. John G Condran, Dr Jerry G. Bode, Dr. Joseph Tamney, Harry Nelson, Dr. Ronald Burton, and Dr. Ione Y. DeOllos.

The purpose of these studies was to assess the views and lifestyles of citizens on major topics including questions on life satisfaction, education, income, family, religion, and politics. The focus of the studies varied from year to year and overtime included such topics as abortion, the AIDS epidemic, race relations, the elderly, September 11 terrorist attacks, and attitudes about Arabs.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Middletown Area Study surveys, 1978-2004

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as 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:

MSC.001: Middletown III surveys, 1976-1979

MSC.002: Black Middletown surveys, 1970s

MSC.004: Middletown articles and writings, 1929-present

MSC.005: Middletown Studies bibliographies, 1929-1990

MSC.006: Middletown Studies student papers, undated

MSC.007: Working in Middletown interviews and transcripts, 1969-1980

MSC.008: Indiana Oral History Project transcripts, 1969-1980

MSC.009: Middletown Studies newspaper clippings, 1920-1991

MSC.010: First Measured Century oral history transcripts, 2000

MSC.011: Bureau of Business Research reports, 1973-1974

MSC.012: Middletown Studies Collection unpublished writings, 1922-1990

MSC.013: Lynd correspondence and papers, 1922-1982

MSC.014: Middletown III working papers, 1970s

MSC.015: C. Warren Vander Hill project files and papers, 1924-1999

MSC.016: Middletown Exhibit photographs, 1900-1940s

MSC.017: My Grandfather's Middletown slide presentation, 1982

MSC.018: Lynn Perrigo papers, 0921-1992

MSC.019: Middletown III u-matic tapes, 1980

MSC.020: Middletown Studies magnetic tapes, 1980

MSC.022: Middletown III papers, 1921-1922

MSC.023: Middletown Film Series ephemera, 1979

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2008/03/01 by Maren Read. EAD finding aid created 2012/01/12 by Bethany Fiechter.

Middletown Area Study surveys
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Repository Details

Part of the Middletown Studies Collection Repository

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