A group of 15 informants recorded day diaries for us one day a week for five weeks. In the day diaries, informants were asked to write what they did during the day, what they were thinking, and how they felt in any form they chose. As you will see, our diarists interpreted their task in a wide variety of ways. Not every diarist participated every week, but as a body of work their writing reveals both the commonalities that link people in Muncie and the strange intricacies that make each person’s everyday life unique.

Names are withheld to maintain anonymity. Aside from removing identifying information, the full diaries available in these archives were not edited by us or changed in any way.