The Muncie City Directories digital collection provides online access to 13 full-text searchable volumes of city and rural route directories ranging from 1876 to 1922. A collection of Muncie, Indiana city directories from 1923 to present can be found in Archives and Special Collections in the Ball State University Libraries.
City directories in the United States began in the mid to late 1700s. Often overlooked, these directories are a very useful tool in finding specific information on individuals, businesses, and county and city government.
Individual city directories in this collection are subdivided into four categories: an alphabetical listing, a street listing, a numerical telephone listing, and a classified buyers' guide. The alphabetical listing features individuals who lived in Muncie, Indiana. The street listing features streets where people and businesses were located. The numerical telephone listing functions exactly as our present day telephone directory. The classified buyers' guide lists all types of businesses as well as professions, clubs, societies, associations, hospitals, cemeteries, labor organizations, libraries, parks, playgrounds, and schools. This category acts as the only complete business classification guide in Muncie, Indiana for these dates. Also included within city directories are advertisements for businesses. These advertisements can be found within the beginning of the city directory as well as throughout the alphabetical listing and classified buyers' guide.
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