Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Ball State University Guest Lectures and Convocations

The Ball State University Guest Lectures and Convocations collection provides online access to texts of lectures given by prominent scholars and political figures at Ball State University.  Materials in the collection date from 1960 to 1990, and prominent figures whose lectures are documented include civil rights activist Coretta Scott King, Indiana Governor Otis Bowen, and author and peace advocate Norman Cousins.
Speech notes from Coretta Scott King.  Clicking on the item will allow you to browse the collection.
Audio recordings of Ball State University lectures can also be found in the Ball State University Historic Audio Recordings collection in the Digital Media Repository.  The UniverCity Videos collection, the Ball State University Provost's Lecture Series, and the Sir Norman Angell Memorial Lectures collection also document guest lectures at Ball State University.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Clark Wissler Collection

The Clark Wissler Collection consists of the personal and professional correspondence of prominent American anthropologist Dr. Clark David Wissler ranging from circa 1906 to 1947. Notable correspondents include Yale University psychologist Robert Means YerkesLaurence Vail Coleman, Director of the American Association of Museums; American sociologist Robert S. Lynd; Wissler’s secretary and curator at the American Museum of Natural History, Bella Weitzner; paleontologist John Campbell MerriamH.V. Clulow of Oxford University Press; British anthropologist Beatrice Blackwood; and Wissler’s sister, Cora Bond.

Wissler wrote the foreword to the seminal 1929 sociological case study by Robert S. and Helen Merrell Lynd, Middletown: A Study in Modern American Culture, in which he described the Lynds’ study as a “pioneer attempt to deal with a sample American community after the manner of social anthropology.”

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See the Clark Wissler papers finding aid for addition information about Wissler and the complete collection held by Ball State University Archives and Special Collections.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Allen Williams Ball State University Black Alumni Collection

The Allen Williams Ball State University Black Alumni Collection provides online access to a collection of scrapbooks, photographs, newsletters, and videos donated by Allen L. Williams, Class of 1973, documenting the lives and activities of members of the black student and black alumni communities at Ball State University.   

Williams, an active member of the Ball State alumni community, served as presidents of the Ball State University Alumni Council in 1998 and is a member of the Ball State University Black Alumni Constituent Society Board of Directors.


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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 honors@bsu.edu.

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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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