Thursday, June 30, 2011
Lilac colored homemade sleeveless dress with heart shaped neckline and princess seams? Another check.
The Mary Beeman Historic Costumes collection includes photographs of select pieces of women's clothing ranging from the 1950s to the 1990s from Ball State University's Beeman Historic Costume Collection. Included in the digital collection are images of dresses, coats, jackets and suits. The physical Beeman Historic Costume Collection contains over 3,000 pieces of men's and women's apparel dating back to the 18th century and is housed in the Applied Technology building.
Multi colored squared suit from the 1990s? Oh yeah, it's in there.
Monday, June 20, 2011
The Indiana Online Users Group (IOLUG) is a professional organization for techie-librarians, or anyone interested in electronic information access systems. They recently deposited their paper archives with Ball State University Archives and Special Collections, and a portion of the organization's nearly 30 year history is now available and fully searchable in the Digital Media Repository.
The Indiana Online Users Group Archives digital collection provides online access to the organization's newsletter, IOLUG News, from 1982 to 2011. Editions of IOLUG News often contain information about and schedules for IOLUG events and activities; important announcements for group members; reports from the group's board, committees, and president; and articles, reports, and commentary about projects and professional issues.
Founded in 1982, IOLUG is an organization established for the purpose of furthering the use of online systems, databases, computers and telecommunication systems in libraries. Each year they provide a spring and a fall conference, centering on timely themes for libraries in the digital age, such as cloud computing, mobile applications, digitization, and much more. Learn more about these programs by visiting the digital collection, and consider joining IOLUG today!
Thursday, June 16, 2011
This elegant Beaux-arts style courthouse was designed by Indiana architect Brentwood S. Tolan. Utilized until Muncie city officials determined in the 1960s that a modern facility was needed, the courthouse was torn down in 1966.
The Digital Media Repository's Delaware County Courthouse Collection recalls this historic building with architectural drawings, such as elevations, floor plans, and details. Also included is the pamphlet Preserving the Story (cover shown below), written by Muncie newspaper columnist and photographer Dick Greene. This pamphlet describes the history of Delaware County, Indiana's four courthouses.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
The collection consists of organizational documents, Board of Director’s records, membership documents, Information Literacy Committee materials, Resource Advisory Committee minutes and reports, Resource Sharing Committee documents, and news releases. For more information about ALI, visit http://ali.bsu.edu/.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
The collection contains materials from Archives and Special Collections and from the Drawings and Documents Archive, including drawings, photographs, and documents from 1886 to 1981, documenting the work of the Indiana Bridge Company that was headquartered in Muncie. The company built thousands of steel structures through Indiana and around the country.
This collection consists of images from two books of plates, White City and Jackson’s Famous Pictures of the World’s Fair, that are images taken by the famous photographer William Henry Jackson for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition (aka Chicago World’s Fair). Jackson was famous for photographing the America’s westward expansion.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
At the outset, the paper had a distinctly campus feel, devoting itself to the coverage of campus events, including sporting events, performances, elections, and guest speakers, and reporting on the accomplishments of faculty and students. The activities of social organizations were well-documented, helping keep students aware of activities of interest. Jokes, riddles, and poetry could also be frequently found in the inside pages, and cartoons and illustrations could often be found on the paper's cover. The name of the publication reflects the fact that the school was then known as the Indiana State Normal School, Eastern Division.
Thomas J. Breitweiser, Dean of the Eastern Division and Professor of Psychology and History of Education, played a critical role in the founding of The Easterner, serving as the paper's faculty sponsor at its inception. The initial staff of the paper consisted of W. C. Harding as editor, Arthur Campbell as assistant editor, Basil Swinford as business manager, Luther Myers as assistant business manager, Roy Reynolds as advertising manager, Margaret Medsker as society editor, Thelma Carter as exchange editor, Fred Shroyer as circulation manager, and Charles McComas as athletic editor.
Swinford, who graduated later that year, was quite the school stalwart; in addition to his serving as business manager for the paper, he was also the assistant business manager for the 1922 Orient (the yearbook), the secretary-treasurer for his senior class, a member of the Navajo fraternity, a basketball letter winner in 1921, and a member of five additional school clubs. Swinford would go on to serve as Associate Professor of Business Education from 1926 to 1962 at Ball State. His interest in the student press did not wane as a faculty member, as he served as business advisor for the student newspaper during his years as a professor. Basil Swinford would later be honored as a namesake for the Botsford/Swinford halls in the Johnson Complex.
On February 26, 1937, years after the school became known as Ball State Teachers College, The Easterner changed its name to the Ball State News. On September 12, 1968, as a result of the increase in publication frequency, the paper became known as the Ball State University Daily News. In subsequent years, the paper was known by that name, the Daily News, and The Ball State Daily News, and eventually chose The Ball State Daily News as its permanent name.
Monday, April 25, 2011
For a detailed description about this collection, please view the Thomas P. and Eva Mann Collection finding aid.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Reichenbachia, named after the renown German orchidologist Heinrich Gustav Reichenbach, was created over a four year span from 1886 to 1890 as a collaboration between Sander and English painter Henry George Moon, who provided most of the illustrations. The text was issued in two series, each containing two volumes, all of which were published in two year intervals from 1888 to 1894. The four volumes were dedicated to Queen Victoria; Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, Empress of Germany and Queen of Prussia; Maria Feodorovna, Empress of Russia; and Marie Henriette of Austria respectively.
Sander, the main creative force behind Reichenbachia, was born Heinrich Friedrich Conrad Sander in Germany in 1847 and later settled in St Albans, Hertfordshire, England, where he sold seeds and later concentrated on orchids. By the 1880's, Sander's nursery covered four acres with roughly 60 greenhouses.
The collaboration between Sander and Moon, a landscape painter, was not without conflict. While Sander wanted the orchids to be depicted in an idealized way, Moon was determined to include natural imperfections in his work, and it was the latter approach that won over in the end. Moon would later marry Sander's daughter in 1894.
All four volumes of Reichenbachia are held in print at Ball State University Archives and Special Collections, which is open to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday and from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from Wednesday to Friday.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
The R. Milton Retherford House Architectural Drawings digital collection includes blueprints of a Queen Anne Style home built during 1890 in the Emily Kimbrough Historic District in Muncie, Indiana.
The Frank H. Wheeler Estate Photographs digital collection contains 39 images of the estate, known as Hawkeye (pictured left), taken by H. H. Coburn Company soon after the house was built. Also included is a portrait of Douglas Wheeler, the son of Frank and Stella Wheeler.
The Daniel B. Young Landscape Architectural Drawings digital collection contains images of Daniel B. Young's design drawings and business and personal photographs.
The Drawings and Documents Archive is a unique resource dedicated to preserving the history of the built environment in Indiana. Physical collections contain over 100,000 original architectural drawings, landscape plans, blueprints, photographs, models and building remnants that tell the history of Indiana’s sites and structures.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Pictured right is an example from the collection, depicting teacher Rob Black with students from Beech Grove school circa 1904-1905.
Anderson Street Elwood, Indiana Postcard
C. A. Ralls Photographs
Delaware County Schools Photographs
Field Hockey Team Photograph
Frank Ellis Photograph
Goddard Home Photograph
Horse Driven Hearse Photograph
M. Green Photographs
Muncie High School Photographs
Muncie Post Office Photographs
Muncie Presbyterian Church Photograph
Muncie Washington School Photographs
Old Eden Christian Church Photograph
Old People`s Day, Gaston, Indiana Photographs
Parker-Moore Cemetery Photographs
Ralph Shaffer Photograph
Rarick Family Photographs
Settlers of Delaware County Photographs
Studebaker Family Photograph
Walburn Family Photographs
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
This month, 85 new assets were added to this online collection. Additions include several examples of domestic architecture from the 1930s and several drawings commissioned by Marian College. Pictured below is a preliminary drawing of a Marian College dormitory and classroom building.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
The Star Drug Store, which was located in downtown Muncie, Indiana, was owned by Geo. H. Andrews. The main room was 24 feet wide and 80 feet deep. With a wareroom in the rear and a 20 foot square room upstairs, all sorts of goods were available to the community. According to an advertisement from the 1881-1882 Muncie, Indiana city directory, the drug store bought large quantities direct from manufacturers and importers and was said to have the lowest prices on the purest goods.