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Labor History Resources in Archives and Special Collections

Research guide to resources in Archives and Special Collections pertaining to the history of organized labor in Muncie and Delaware County, Indiana.

Manuscript Collections

By action of the Board of Trustees in 1979, the collection of local history materials at Archives and Special Collections was named after Althea L. Stoeckel, Ball State University Professor of History from 1960-1978. These collections contain a wealth of materials concerning Muncie and Delaware County, Indiana, including numerous collections documenting labor history in Muncie and Delaware county. The following are descriptions of these relevant collections with links to online finding aids.

Small Manuscript Collections

The Stoeckel Archives of Local History Materials contains small manuscript collections of one or two folders of items as well as the larger manuscript collections described in the guide. The following is a list of the small collections related to labor history in Muncie and Delaware County.

Oversized Collections

  • Bricklayers’ Union Number 9, Muncie (OVB 6)

  • A copy of the AFL-CIO News from September 19, 1981. (OVA 40)

  • ABB/Westinghouse Muncie Plant Records - Oversized Materials (OVB 23 and OVC 9)

  • Muncie Chevrolet Plant Architectural Drawings (OVC 42)

Additional Manuscript Resources

  • Local History Files by subject. Contains newspaper clippings, student papers, and other documentation gathered in subject files.

  • Muncie Times Newspaper (OVA 50)
    Includes volumes of the Muncie Times newspaper published by owner and publisher Bea Morten-Foster since 1991. This bi-weekly publication serves the African American communities of Muncie, Richmond, Marion, New Castle and Anderson, Indiana. Digitized volumes are available in the Digital Media Repository (