Thursday, April 1, 2010

Four New Collections Added to the DMR in March

Delaware County Aerial Plat Maps. This collection, our 2009-10 LSTA grant project, contains aerial plat maps received from the Delaware County Auditor’s Office, created in the 1970s to track divisions and combinations of properties in Albany, Daleville, Eaton, Gaston, Muncie, Selma, and Yorktown.

Thomas Neely Diaries. This collection consists of digital copies of five volumes of diaries kept by Delaware County pioneer Thomas Neely (if you drive on or cross Neely Road on the BSU campus, you may recognize the name) from 1867 through 1901. These diaries are just the first in series of a digital diaries collection that will be developed in the DMR.

Vietnam Era Veterans Oral Histories. This collection consists of video interviews conducted by students in Professor Michael Doyle’s Ball State University History 499 Oral History Workshop class in Fall 2009. The videos are available now; the students are currently transcribing the interviews, and searchable transcripts will be made available as soon as they are ready.

Wayne M. Weber Architectural Records. This collection from the Ball State University Drawings and Documents Archive includes photographs and drawings of Indiana covered bridges from Weber’s nearly 30 years (1940s – 1970s) photographing, documenting, and preserving these colorful structures. Weber was an accomplished architect and architectural photographer.