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Resources in Local History at Ball State University Libraries. You can access this guide directly by going to
Last Updated: Sep 21, 2012 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Getting Started

Not sure where to begin???  Several of the best places to start are listed below:

  • CardCat
    Search the University Libraries' collections for books and other materials about local history. Find primary and secondary source material here.
  • Academic Search Premier
    A great database for finding articles and research on a variety of general topics, 1965 to date.


Downtown Yorktown, Indiana street

Downtown Yorktown, Indiana Street, Otto Sellers, 20th century.  Image Source: Yorktown-Mt. Pleasant Township Historical Alliance Collection, Digital Media Repository


This guide will help you locate resources for topics related to local history. Explore the tabs above to find recommended resources.

For additional resources, visit your local library or historical association. Ask for books written about the region, as well as for other research collections, such as manuscripts or photographs.

For local history of Muncie and Delaware County, the Archives and Special Collections (Bracken Library, room 210) contains many sources, some of which are not included in CardCat. These sources include records and personal papers related to local families, businesses, churches, and organizations, as well as a newspaper-clippings file on local subjects and a large collection of historical photographs. Ask for assistance from Archives personnel to access these resources.

Use our guide entitled How to Find Genealogical Materials in Bracken Library. It lists additional sources, such as maps for towns and counties.

Lost? Confused? All mixed up and don't know what to do?

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