Whatcha reading, Muncie?
November 17, 2011 5:03 PM Subscribe
What Middletown Read.
Robert and Helen Lynd's immersive studies of early 20th century Muncie, Indiana, published as Middletown
(1929) and Middletown in Transition
(1937), are classics of American sociology. Ball State's Center for Middletown Studies
has created a database of the circulation records from the Muncie Public Library from 1891-1902, providing a rare glimpse of the reading habits of turn-of-the-century middle America. Slate examines
the project and what it reveals.