Friday, October 28, 2016

BSU African American Student Organizations Records

The Ball State University African American Student organizations records provides online access to a collection of publications from a variety of African American student organizations and official university publications ranging from 1968-2014. Included within the collection are newsletters, scrapbooks, event programs, and university reports detailing the lives and activities of African American students of Ball State University.


In addition, materials documenting the experience of African American students at Ball State can also be found in the Ball State University Student Life Collection, the Allen Williams Ball State University Black Alumni Collection, and the Ball State University African American Alumni Oral Histories collection.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Ball State University Student Newspaper

The Ball State University Student Newspaper collection provides access to full-text searchable digitized student newspapers from Ball State's history, dating to 1922. Included in this collection are The Ball State Daily News (1968-present) and its predecessors, The Ball State News (1937-1968) and The Easterner (1922-1937).  Content from 1922 to 1989 is currently available online.

This collection documents Ball State events, issues, and life throughout history as well as student viewpoints regarding campus, local, national, and global news.

A more recent archive of digital articles published by the Ball State Daily News from 2001 to the present can be accessed via the search option on the Ball State Daily News online page.


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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Our Featured Collection...Sheet Music!

The Sheet Music digital collection provides electronic access to historic sheet music dating from the 1870s to the 1920s from Europe and the United States. Most of the music is for piano and voice. Styles documented include popular music, secular art song, sacred art song, and songs pertaining to the United States in wartime.

Included in this digital collection is sheet music from the Hague Collection, which was collected by Frank Penwell and donated to Ball State University Libraries by Elizabeth Hague, his daughter, in 2006.  Much of this collection is comprised of popular music titles, including songs from movies and Vaudeville productions.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Historical American Building Survey Documents

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The Historical American Building Survey Drawings Collection consists of measured drawings of Indiana historic sites and structures, many of them in the format prescribed by the U.S. National Park Service for the Historic American Building Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER).  Survey teams organized and sponsored by HABS and HAER prepared the earliest drawings in the collection: twenty-eight sets dating between 1934 and 1970.  Most of the drawings, however, date from 1970 to 2000, and were made by undergraduate architecture students at Ball State University as part of a required course where students learned American architectural styles, architectural terminology, and how to visually document historic structures.  Buildings and bridges were meticulously measured, documented, and drawn according to scale. Many drawings often include historical analysis and a site plan. The students followed HABS standards, but the class was not officially affiliated with the national program.

Monday, March 28, 2016

First Baptist Church Records

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The First Baptist Church Records collection provides online access to a selection of digitized records from the First Baptist Church of Muncie ranging from circa 1870 to 2014. The collection contains newsletters; pastor records including biographies and installation programs; photographs of church buildings, pastors, staff, members, groups, and events; and architectural drawings, building specifications, and other construction records for the third church building located at 309 E. Adams Street in downtown Muncie.








The First Baptist Church of Muncie was established in 1859 and first met at the Delaware County Courthouse. In 1862, the congregation moved to its first church building on the corner of Jackson and Jefferson Streets. During the gas boom, the congregation’s membership rapidly increased and in 1890 a second church building was constructed at the southwest corner of Charles and Jefferson Streets. By 1900, the church’s membership had grown to nearly 500 and an annex was added to the church building. The third church building, located at the corner of Adams and Jefferson Streets, was completed in 1929 under the leadership of Pastor William Graham Everson.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Center for Energy Research, Education, and Service (CERES) Publications

The Center for Energy Research, Education, and Service (CERES) Publications digital collection provides online access to a selection of publications produced by the Center for Energy Research, Education, and Service (CERES) at Ball State University. Materials range in date from 1977 to 2003 and include annual reports, published studies, educational and curricular materials, and program pamphlets regarding the Center's work in the study of renewable and sustainable energy design. Materials available in this collection were digitized from a collection of the records of CERES held at Ball State University Archives & Special Collections.
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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Robert Cunningham Collection

The Robert Cunningham digital collection provides online access to cartoons, sketches, and drawings created by Robert Cunningham between 1947 and the 1980s. The collection includes original drawings featured in the cartoon series The Corner GroceryCunningham’s CornerGrowing Up Middletown U.S.A.Hometown Funnies, and Meet the Batty Family, as well as hand-drawn advertisements, political cartoons, sketches from Cunningham’s military service in Germany, and Washington School of Art assignments.

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Robert Cunningham was born in Muncie in 1928 and was a graduate of Muncie Central High School. A long-time business owner and public figure, Cunningham held several public offices in the area, including mayor of Muncie from 1976 to 1980, and owned the Red Front Grocery from 1948 to 1969 and Cunningham’s Market from 1969 to 1976. As an avid cartoonist, Cunningham would frequently incorporate his drawings into advertisements for his businesses and political campaigns, and his cartoons were regularly featured in the Muncie Evening Press and published in books.

The complete collection of the Robert Cunningham papers is available in the Ball State University Archives and Special Collections.