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The Other Side of Middletown project files and recordings

Identifier: MSS-254

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the original taped interviews, notes, and tape logs from the oral history interviews conducted by Ball State University students. These are organized in order by the sections discussed in the book, "Getting A Living", "Making a Home", "Training the Young", "Using Leisure", "Engaging in Religious Practice", and "Engaging in Community Activities". Scrapbooks and scans of the scrapbooks documenting the project and public presentations are also included.

R 254 includes original taped interviews and transcripts.


  • 2003-2004

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

Prompted by the omission of Muncie, Indiana’s black community from the famous study by Robert S. Lynd and Helen Merrell Lynd, Luke Eric Lassiter, an associate professor of anthropology at Ball State University, Hurley Goodall, a former Indiana state legislator and life-long Muncie resident, Elizabeth Campbell, an independent folklorist, and Michelle Johnson, a graduate student in the anthropology department at Ball State University, came together to reveal for the first time the unrecorded history and contemporary life of African American “Middletown.” They organized a semester-long class through the Virginia Ball Center for Creative Inquiry at Ball State. Students were given the opportunity to research and interview African American residents of Muncie, Indiana. The project resulted in the publication of the award-winning book The Other Side of Middletown: Exploring Muncie’s African American Community in 2004.


0.6 Cubic Feet (2 boxes, 1 VHS tape)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged in the following series and subseries:

Series 1: The Other Side of Middletown project notes and drafts, 2003

Subseries 1.1: "Getting a Living", 2003

Subseries 1.2: "Making a Home", 2003

Subseries 1.3: "Training the Young", 2003

Subseries 1.4: "Using Leisure", 2003

Subseries 1.5: "Engaging in Religious Practices", 2003

Subseries 1.6: "Engaging in Community Activities", 2003

Series 2: The Other Side of Middletown release forms, 2004, 2006

Series 3: The Other Side of Middletown manuscript, 2006 and undated

Series 4: The Other Side of Middletown publicity, 2001-2006

Series 5: Goodall, Hurley The Other Side of Middletown photograph collection electronic files, 1994

Series 6: The Other Side of Middletown audio recordings, 2003

Series 7: The Other Side of Middletown photographs, 1900-1955

Series 8: The Other Side of Middletown oversize photographs, 1925-1926

Series 9: Muncie's African American Community The Other Side of Middletown, 2002 video

Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2006/11 by R. Miller. Collection processing completed 2007/03 by M. Read. Collection processing completed 2007/07 by M. Read. Collection processing completed 2007/10 by M. Read and R. Wynn. EAD finding aid created 2012/10/25 by Julie Hausknecht. EAD finding aid revised 2013/11/27 by Leslie Nellis.

The Other Side of Middletown project files and recordings
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Repository Details

Part of the Middletown Studies Collection Repository

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