Sunday, May 31, 2015

David Patashinsky Muncie, Indiana Photographs

The David Patashinsky Muncie, Indiana Photographs digital collection includes 50 photographs from David Patashinsky of Muncie, Indiana ranging from 2010 to 2011 documents the city's people, events, architecture, and landscapes.

In 2010, the Center for Middletown Studies commissioned photographer David Patashinsky of Muncie, Indiana to capture photographs on a wide variety of subjects including people, architecture, and landscapes for the center's Documenting Deindustrialization Initiative. Patashinsky was born in Moscow, Russia, later lived in Israel, and for the last twelve years has resided in the United States. He attended art school in Russia where he focused on pottery and graphics. His interests include film and digital photography, and his cameras of choice are Leica and Zeiss Ikon.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Juliet Peddle Architectural Drawings

The Juliet Peddle Architectural Drawings collection represents architectural drawings, sketches, industrial design drawings, and holiday cards from the career and travels of Juliet Peddle, the first female architect licensed to practice in the state of Indiana. Born in Terre Haute, Indiana, Peddle (1899-1979) graduated with a degree in architecture from the University of Michigan in 1922 and started her career working at prominent architecture firms in Chicago.

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During her time in Chicago, Peddle and seven other women architects founded a professional organization dedicated to promoting and celebrating the work of women architects. Known as the Women’s Architectural Club of Chicago, the organization held exhibitions at their firms, produced publications, and exhibited at the first Women’s World’s Fair in Chicago in 1927. Juliet also traveled extensively through Europe, producing numerous sketches of historical buildings, canals, and other old world architecture that captured her interest.

The Great Depression affected many architects and it was during this time that Peddle left Chicago and moved home to Terre Haute, where she would work until her death in 1979. She was known for her modern designs and her skillful drawings, as well as her interest in historic preservation.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Cardinal Greenway Wildflower Photographs

Ooooooo....look at all the pretty flowers!  The Cardinal Greenway Wildflower Photographs digital collection provides online access to 146 photographs of wildflowers taken by Diane E. Hill along the Cardinal Greenway between 1999 and 2005. Slides were produced from the original photographs between 1999 and 2008. Research to identify the wildflowers was conducted by Stanley P. Hodge in April 2006.


Dame's Rocket along the Cardinal Greenway

Incorporated in 1993, Cardinal Greenways, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit organization that encompasses the Cardinal Greenway, White River Greenway, Historic Wysor Street Depot, and Cardinal Equestrian Trail. In 1993, Cardinal Greenway, Inc. acquired sixty miles of abandoned railroad as part of a Rails-to-Trails program. The Cardinal Greenway is the longest rail-trail in Indiana and spans 62 miles from Marion through Muncie to Richmond, Indiana.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Frank A. Bracken Civil War Collection

The Frank A. Bracken Civil War Collection provides online access to U.S. Civil War related correspondence, certificates, maps, photographs, plaques, weapons, uniforms, and other artifacts from circa 1860-2000 collected by Frank A. Bracken.

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Frank A Bracken is the son of Alexander M. Bracken and Rosemary Ball Bracken. Bracken began his career as an attorney for Bingham McHale LLP. He has served in leadership and board positions for several local companies including the George and Francis Ball Foundation, Ball Corporation, Ball State University, and First Merchants Corporation. In 1989, Bracken was nominated as the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior and remained in that role until 1993. Bracken was also a researcher of Civil War topics and was involved in battle reenactments and battle field preservation as a member of the Civil War Preservation Trust. As a result of his active research and preservation efforts, Bracken established a personal collection of Civil War books, paintings, photographs, and artifacts, many of which are featured in this digital collection.


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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