Friday, July 25, 2014

Odyssey, Ball State University Honors College Journal

This collection provides electronic access to The Odyssey, the creative magazine of the Ball State University Honors College.  Editions date from 1982 to present and include poetry, prose, essays, and visual art by students of the Ball State University Honors College.
The Honors College is seeking issues of The Odyssey from 1992 to 1997.  Ball State University alumni and friends interested in donating these issues should contact the Honors College at

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Indiana Architecture X 3D

Our Indiana Architecture X 3D initiative brings historic architecture to life using contemporary 3D model and print technology that you can download to your computer or print on a 3D printer. It enables anyone to research and discover designs from long-lost buildings that once graced Indiana environs.

The project launches with the Wysor Grand Opera House built by Henry W. Matson for Jacob H. Wysor in 1891. This Romanesque Revival opera house typified the exuberance and style of Muncie’s gas-boom era. Converted to a movie theater in the early 20th century, the building remained a theater until it was razed in 1967. Until now, photographs and the architect’s original drawings were the only methods researchers had to explore the ornate fa├žade or intricate ironwork of the interior. Using the original ink on linen drawings, we have modeled significant details and the entire building using cutting-edge 3D modeling software and printed them on Ball State University’s 3D printer.

Two different file types are available for download. To print the object on a 3D printer, download the 3D print-ready file which will open in Rhino. An object file is also available for those who want to look at the file in Photoshop.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Kibele and Garrard Architectural Records

The Kibele and Garrard Architectural Records online collection represents architectural drawings, photographs, and manuscripts created by architects Cuno Kibele (1866-1927) and Carl W. Garrard (1889-1981) who worked in Muncie, Indiana, and the surrounding area from 1895 to 1975. Their firm, known as Kibele & Garrard, built many of Muncie’s finest residential, commercial, academic, and civic buildings, and the collection reflects their wide range of commissions. The Kibele & Garrard firm was responsible for the bulk of the collection, although Kibele practiced on his own prior to the partnership and Garrard continued the practice after Kibele’s death. A few projects in the collection, most notably the Wysor Grand Opera House by Henry W. Matson in 1891, were drawn by other firms and likely given to Kibele & Garrard at a later date.

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Emens Auditorium 50th Anniversary!

We are happy to present the Emens Auditorium Collection celebrating 50 years of the John R. Emens College-Community Auditorium! The Emens Auditorium Collection provides access to selected programs and event promotional materials including programs, show bills, season ticket brochures, and other printed ephemera from events held in Emens Auditorium on the campus of Ball State University.  Included is documentation of the Emens Artist Series and Concert Series as well as the planning and construction of the auditorium.

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Friday, January 31, 2014

The Robert R. LaFollette Papers digital collection

The Robert R. LaFollette Papers digital collection provides access to selected documents from the professional papers of historian and educator Robert R. LaFollette, who served as the head of the social science department at Ball State Teachers College (now Ball State University) from 1921 to 1961.
Materials in this collection primarily document LaFollette's involvement in the evaluation and reformation of German education in the period following World War II.  The collection includes reports and writings created and collected by LaFollette and his colleagues in their service as advisors to the Education and Cultural Relations Division of the Office of the US High Commissioner for Germany in the early 1950s.  Writings from LaFollette's tenure as a visiting scholar in Germany from 1956 to 1957 are also included.

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A more complete biography of Robert R. LaFollette is available on the finding aid for the Robert R. LaFollette papers collection housed in Ball State University Archives & Special Collections.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Vintage Footage Provided by the Muncie Central High School Athletics Films Collection

Kuhner vs. Delta junior high school basketball, 1968-1969

The Muncie Central High School Athletics Films digital collection includes films donated by the Muncie Central High School Alumni Association documenting portions of Muncie Central Bearcats basketball and football seasons from approximately 1950-1974. Other Muncie and Delaware County teams featured in the collection include the Burris OwlsMuncie Northside TitansMuncie Southside RebelsRoyerton Redbirds, and Muncie and Delaware County junior high school teams. A limited number of additional films documenting historic Muncie buildings, Ball Brothers factory operations, and other community events are also included.

Muncie Central High School commencement practice and ceremony, circa 1940s-1950s