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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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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