Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Additional Resources Available In the Pierre and Wright Architectural Records Collection

The Pierre and Wright Architectural Records digital collection, added to the Digital Media Repository in August of 2009, consists of drawings, photographs, 3-D models, and ephemera from the architecture firms of Edward D. Pierre, the Pierre and Wright Partnership, and Edward D. Pierre and Associates, ranging from 1920 to 1960.

This month over 200 new assets were added to this online collection. Additions include several 1930s images relating to Fendrick's Famous Foods, a restaurant that used to exist on N. Illinois St. in Indianapolis and the old Indianapolis Firestation No. 18 among others. Pictured above is a window design from Fendrick's.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Famous Bible Leaves Available in the DMR

The Original Leaves from Famous Bibles digital collection is now available in the Digital Media Repository.

This collection of 60 leaves from famous Bibles, from the earliest ever printed to items dated in the 20th century, was assembled and collated by Otto Ege and Philip Duschnes. Ege was renowned for compiling medieval texts. The collection (with originals in BSU Archives and Special Collections) includes incunabula and a leaf from the 1611 King James Bible, among other rare items.

Pictured above is an example from the collection, an Armenian manuscript Bible from the twelfth century.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Ball State University Commencement Programs Available in the Digital Media Repositiory

The Ball State University Commencement Programs digital collection is now available online in the Digital Media Repository. This collection includes graduation ceremony programs from 1913 to present. Use the collection to discover commencement and baccalaureate speakers, graduate rosters, and degrees conferred. The collection is full text keyword searchable.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Drawings by Indiana’s Gladys J. Miller Now Online

Students, faculty, and researchers now have online access to the Gladys J. Miller Architectural Records Collection. Architect Gladys J. Miller is one of Indiana’s first female architects.
This collection is the latest Drawings and Documents Archive addition to the Ball State University Libraries’ Digital Media Repository. The collection contains 185 architectural drawings from fifty of Miller's commissions from 1950 to 1979 and reflects the career of one of Indiana’s award-winning architects.

Only the third registered female architect in Indiana, Gladys J. Miller (1926- 1993) graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1949. She went on to manage her own successful architectural firm in a climate when few women practiced architecture on their own. A year before graduation, Gladys received the Beaux Arts Institute of Design Award, now the Van Alen Institute (New York City), Award, which enabled her to travel extensively in Europe before beginning her career.

After her return, she worked as a designer and draftsman in Philadelphia and later moved to Terre Haute, Indiana, with her husband, architect Ewing H. Miller II, FAIA, whom she had met in college. In 1958 in Terre Haute, Gladys established her own architecture firm, Gladys J. Miller Architect. Also known professionally as Gladys Good Miller, she was known familiarly as “Hap” or “Happy” to her friends and colleagues.

Gladys’ firm specialized in residential architecture, as depicted in the Margaret James Adamson home (1961) (illustrated here), remodeling of the Indiana State University president’s house (1965), and the conversion of a barn into a residence for the Prox family (1978), all located in or near Terre Haute.

She also built small commercial buildings, such as the Dobbs Park Nature Center and the Covered Bridge Girl Scout Council headquarters, both located in Terre Haute. Gladys’ husband donated the collection to the Drawings and Documents Archive in the late 1980s, along with drawings by his own firm and those of his uncle and father, which comprise the Johnson and Miller Architectural Records Collection.

Three generations of the Miller family were influential architects in Terre Haute during the majority of the twentieth century, and the Johnson and Miller collection reflects their significance to Indiana’s built environment. As with many important drawings available in the archive for research, the rolls of project drawings were in a basement storage room for years until they were donated to the archive.

To view the Gladys J. Miller Architectural Records collection in the DMR, visit http://libx.bsu.edu/cdm4/collection.php?CISOROOT=/MGldJArch. For more information, contact Carol A. Street, University Libraries’ Archivist for Architectural Records, CAStreet@bsu.edu, 765-285-8441.