Friday, February 19, 2010

African American History Resources Available Online Through the Ball State University’s Digital Media Repository

In celebration of Black History Month, Ball State University Libraries is pleased to announce the availability of six collections of African American History resources available online in the Digital Media Repository, the Munice Times Newspaper, Black Middletown Oral History Project Collection, Black Muncie Oral History Project Collection, Other Side of Middletown Photograph Collection, the Muncie Post-Democrat Newspaper and the Other Side of Middletown Oral Histories.


The Black Middletown Oral History Project digital collection includes oral history interviews conducted by Rutledge M. Dennis and Vivian V. Gordon from the University of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University in 1981 as part of a project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The collection documents the history of African-Americans in Muncie, Indiana, and covers topics as diverse as segregation, the Ku Klux Klan, the Great Depression, organized labor, economics, and religion.

The Ball State University Libraries were able to digitize and make available online the oral histories with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Indiana State Library.

The Black Muncie Oral History Project digital collection includes oral history interviews conducted between 1971 and 1978 by long time African American residents of Muncie, Indiana Hurley Goodall and J. Paul Mitchell. The project was funded by the Muncie Human Rights Commission and covered various topics including segregation, the Ku Klux Klan, the Great Depression, organized labor, economics, and religion.

The Ball State University Libraries were able to digitize and make available online the oral histories with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Indiana State Library.

The Other Side of Middletown Oral Histories digital collection consists of oral history interviews documenting the African American community in Muncie, Indiana. The interviews were conducted by Professor Eric Lassiter and a group of students as part of a collaborative ethnographic project on Muncie's African American community. The project was sponsored and funded by the Virginia Ball Center for Creative Inquiry at Ball State University. The project resulted in an award-winning book, The Other Side of Middletown: Exploring Muncie's African American Community.

The Ball State University Libraries were able to digitize and make available online the oral histories with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Indiana State Library.


The Other Side of Middletown Photographs digital collection consists of over 150 images that illustrate the history of the life and achievements of African Americans in Muncie and Delaware County, Indiana through photographs donated by members of the community. The collection of the photographs was undertaken by leaders in the local African American community, including Hurley Goodall, Eric Lassister, Elizabeth Campbell, and Michell Natasya Johnson.

Muncie Post-Democrat Newspaper
The Muncie Post-Democrat Newspaper digital collection contains issues of the historic anti-Ku Klux Klan newspaper published by Muncie, Indiana mayor George Dale from 1921 until his death in 1936, and continued as a local newspaper after his death until the 1950s.
The Ball State University Libraries were able to digitize and make available online the oral histories with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Indiana State Library.

The Muncie Times Newspaper digital collection consists of over 300 volumes of the bi-weekly publication produced by Bea Moten-Foster since 1991. The newspaper serves the African American communities of Muncie, Richmond, Marion, New Castle, and Anderson, Indiana.