Wednesday, November 23, 2011

New Exhibit: Behind the Lens: Jerry Joschko’s Delaware County, Indiana Photographs, 1969-1978

As a well-known photographer in Muncie, Indiana, Jerry Joschko`s dedication to photography landed him a job at the Muncie Star during the 1970s where capturing life, art, and news was not only his career, but his passion. Joschko’s Muncie Star photographs were donated to Archives and Special Collections by his wife Eileen Joschko. Many of these captivating images may be remembered by those who grew up in Muncie during the 1970s.

Joschko began his career as a photography assistant in LaPorte, Indiana and went on to work for several major studios. According to his wife, Eileen, Jerry was drafted into the U.S. Army, and “liked to point out that he ‘fought the Cold War’ during his two years at Fort Ord, California, located near Monterey Bay and Carmel—home of Ansel Adams.” He often recalled meeting the iconic photographer and treasured the afternoon spent discussing landscape photography and the early introduction of photography as art.

In December 1969, Joschko was hired by Muncie Newspapers, Inc. His photographs dominated the news, sports and feature pages with photographs depicting horse racing, ballet, historic fires, landscapes, portraiture, and general events and activities in and around the Muncie area.
Joschko passed away on May 30, 2006 of leukemia. Joschko’s legacy lives on through his photography and what Eileen, their family and friends describe as his “mark” on the world.

Photographs featured within display cases 1-5 show a montage of Joschko’s work in Muncie during the 1970s from the Muncie Star. Display cases 6-8 depict examples of Joschko’s portrait work, and display case 9 features artistic photographs that emphasize his aesthetic interpretation of texture and contrast.

For more information on this exhibit, contact Archives and Special Collections at or 765-285-5078.

Friday, November 04, 2011

Digital Media Repository provides online access to Muncie City Directories (1876-1922)

Now available in the Digital Media Repository is the Muncie City Directories digital collection! This digital collection provides access to 13 full-text searchable volumes of city and rural route directories ranging from 1876-1922.

Full-text searching provides researchers with an opportunity to search a name, business or street and compare that search to every word within the document. Researchers will now be able to find a word or phrase (e.g. Ball, George, Patterson Block, Walnut Street) anywhere within the document, as opposed to searching a set of keywords (e.g. index, alphabetic listing).

City directories in this collection are subdivided into four categories:
  • Alphabetical listing
  • Street listing
  • Numerical telephone listing
  • 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.

A collection of Muncie city directories from 1923 to present can be found in the Archives and Special Collections reading room. For more information, please contact Archives and Special Collections at or 765-285-5078.