Friday, March 31, 2017

Home: Artistic Watercolor Maps

Home: Artistic Watercolor Maps was added to the Digital Media Repository in March of 2017.  Hannah Barnes, Associate Professor in the Ball State University School of Art, created a project for students in her watercolor class in the fall of 2016:  After visiting the GIS Research and Map Collection in Bracken Library and reviewing hundreds of maps, create an artistic map that represents the meaning of “home.”  The maps were featured in the Muncie Downtown Development First Thursday art exhibit in December 2016.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Ford Oval of Honor Oral Histories

The Ford Oval of Honor Oral Histories collection contains videos and transcripts for oral history interviews with local World War IIVietnam WarPersian Gulf War, and Iraq War veterans between 2013 and 2016. The interviews were conducted by Chris Reidy of WIPB-TV as part of its Oval of Honor award series sponsored by the Ford Motor Company. Also included are annual Ford Oval of Honor programs about the award recipients for 2013-2015.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Unitarian Universalist Church Records

The Unitarian Universalist Church Records collection provides online access to a selection of digitized records from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Muncie, Indiana ranging from 1850 to 1993. The collection includes annual reports, governance documents, meeting minutes, education and ministry records, membership records, church service records, architectural drawings, construction and property records, scrapbooks, photographs, and audio recordings.
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The Unitarian Universalist Church of Muncie was organized as the First Universalist Church of Muncie in 1859 and originally met in a building located at the corner of Madison and Jackson streets. Many influential Muncie residents were associated with the church in its formative years including Adam Wolf, Thomas Kirby, Alfred Kilgore, and the majority of the Ball family. In 1913, the church changed its name to St. John's Universalist Church. In 1962, the national Unitarian and Universalist societies merged, leading the Muncie congregation to eventually change its name to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Muncie in the early 1970s. In 1967, the congregation moved to a new building on West Bradford Drive. Throughout its history, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Muncie has been known for a message of universal salvation and an emphasis on reason, tolerance, and individualism as the grounds for religious understanding.

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.