Welcome to the What Middletown Read Project:

"What Middletown Read" is a database and search engine built upon the circulation records of the Muncie (Indiana) Public Library from November 5, 1891 through December 3, 1902. It documents every book that every library patron borrowed during that period, with the exception of one gap from May 28, 1892 to November 5, 1894. For more details, follow the links below.

This project is the result of a collaborative effort between the Muncie Public Library, the Center for Middletown Studies at Ball State University, and Ball State University Libraries. It is made possible through the financial support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Gladys Kreible Delmas Foundation, and the following units at Ball State University: the Office of the Provost, the College of Sciences and Humanities, the Honors College, the English Department, and the History Department.

For news on current research efforts and project updates, please see the What Middletown Read blog.

Related Resource: To explore the Main Street Public Library Database, which reproduces the collection records for five Midwestern public libraries between 1890 and 1970, go here.

The recommended settings for using the "What Middletown Read" search engine are:

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