More than 10,000 square feet of behind-the-scenes space at Minnetrista is devoted to the preservation of the artifacts and archival material that document the history of East Central ndiana. Click on the links at the top of the page to learn more about the sculptures, artifacts, and oral histories that are a part of the Minnetrista Heritage Collection. Questions? Contact Susan Smith, Archivist.

Minnetrista has more than 15,000 objects in its museum collection, including artifacts and archival materials such as photographs, diaries, clothing, quilts, furniture, locally manufactured products, and much more.

The Collections Department is excited to announce that a selection of object and archival records are now available online! Currently, the records accessible include postcards, photographs, objects, and over 2,300 book catalog records. Topics include but are not limited to Muncie Pottery, Ball Corporation, Ball family, businesses, clubs and organizations, gardening, collectibles, artwork, museum profession-related topics, etc.

Browse the Heritage Collection

Library and Archives

Not only is Minnetrista’s library and archives a repository for the area’s written and photographic history, it is also a research center that is open to the public. If you are looking for a  photograph of downtown Muncie in the 1940s, doing a research project on the service of area soldiers during the Civil War, or trying to determine when a local business existed, investigate the library and archives.

Some of the materials available for your research include county and town histories, indexes to birth, death and marriage records, and city directories. Archival materials include correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, records of clubs and organizations, maps, diaries, records and advertising materials from area businesses, school yearbooks, and military records.

Library Hours

  • Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Heritage Network Partners

No one museum can tell the entire East Central Indiana story. Each county, city and town of the region has its own story that is part of the larger Hoosier experience. Institutions working together and sharing collections, ideas, resources and expertise can develop and tell the stories that explore Indiana’s cultural heritage.
Browse our partner’s sites below to learn more about the rich history of East Central Indiana.

  • Delaware County Historical Society (Muncie)
  • Blackford County Historical Society (Hartford City)
  • Marion Public Library and Museum
  • Henry County Historical Society Museum (New Castle)
  • Jay County Historical Society (Portland)
  • Madison County Historical Society (Anderson))
  • Wayne County Historical Museum
  • Ball State University Museum of Art (Muncie)
  • Muncie Children’s Museum
  • National Model Aviation Museum (Muncie)
  • Fairmount Historical Museum (Fairmount)
  • Quilters Hall of Fame (Marion)
  • Art Association of Henry County (New Castle)
  • Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame (New Castle)
  • The Anderson Center for the Arts
  • Art Association of Randolph County (Union City)
  • Levi Coffin State Historic Site (Fountain City)
  • Richmond Art Museum
  • Starr-Gennett Foundation (Richmond)
  • Wayne County Historical Museum (Richmond)
  • Hayes Arboretum (Richmond)